Many see security as a barrier, not a business enabler

Despite news of devastating cyberattacks breaking almost daily, many business leaders still fail to see the full value a strong cybersecurity posture brings to their organization, new research has found

This is according to Risky Rewards, a new report published by cybersecurity experts Trend Micro polling more than 2,700 business decision-makers in companies with 250+ employees across 26 countries, finding that around half (51%) see cybersecurity is a “necessary cost but not a revenue contributor”.

At the same, a somewhat similar percentage – 48% – claim cybersecurity’s value is “limited” to attack and threat prevention. For nearly two-fifths (38%) cybersecurity is a barrier, not a business enabler.

Winning new clients

“If organizations want to make the most of their security investments, business leaders must reframe their view of cybersecurity – to think more broadly about how it can positively impact the enterprise,” commented Jon Clay, VP of threat intelligence at Trend Micro.

“This research shows it’s clearly a critical component of winning new business and talent. At a time when every dollar/penny counts, it’s concerning to see stereotyped views of security persist at the very top.”

Further in the report, Trend Micro claims 81% worry that a poor cybersecurity posture could hurt their ability to close new clients. In fact, for 19% this already happened. What’s more, 71% of business decision-makers are being asked about their cybersecurity posture in negotiations with potential customers and suppliers, with 78% admitting the questions are getting more frequent.

Cybersecurity has also become pivotal for talent acquisition. Almost three-quarters (71%) said remote and hybrid working offerings are now essential for talent acquisition. For 83%, current security policies affect remote employees’ ability to do their jobs, with 43% saying current security policies prevent employees from working remotely. Also, 54% said their policies restrict what devices and platforms employees can use for work.

Finally, two-thirds (64%) of business decision-makers confirmed they’re planning on increasing their security budgets this year.

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Are you unsure about the performance of your WordPress site? With just a few routine maintenance checks, you can ensure the security, safety, and optimal performance of your site. In this article, we’ll go over the top WordPress maintenance tasks that you should perform regularly.

Update your WordPress passwords regularly

Having unique and complex passwords is crucial to prevent unauthorized access to your WordPress website. However, it’s possible for even strong passwords to be compromised without your knowledge. This is why WordPress security experts suggest changing your passwords periodically, including passwords for your WordPress admin area, FTP or SSH accounts, and WordPress database.

The challenge with strong passwords is that they can be difficult to recall, which is why using password manager apps such as Dashlane is advisable. These apps allow you to securely store and autofill your passwords.

Backup your website regularly

Having regular backups of your WordPress website is crucial for enhancing its security. By creating backups regularly, you can be prepared for worst-case scenarios, such as a site breach or unintentional lockout. Backups can prove to be a lifesaver in such catastrophic situations.

WordPress offers several excellent backup plugins such as BackupBuddy that can facilitate automating the backup process.

Optimize your website images

Images take longer to load than text, causing a decrease in your page’s loading speed. During your website’s performance analysis, you may come across excessively large images. However, such images can go unnoticed in less popular pages. For instance, in a multi-author WordPress site, some of your authors may not pay as much attention to the size of their images as you do. Conducting a review of your media library can help you identify images that are too large and allow you to optimize them for better site performance.

Check if your site is indexed

To ensure users can easily find your website, it is important to have it indexed or listed in popular search engines like Google. One simple way to check whether your content has been indexed and is searchable is by entering “” in the search field on Google.

For a more comprehensive analysis of your website’s search engine optimization, you can use web crawling tools to identify issues such as broken links and duplicate content that could negatively affect your website’s user experience and search engine rankings.

Additionally, periodically searching for keywords related to your content on Google can help you assess your website’s visibility in search results.

Conduct security checks regularly

Scanning your WordPress site for malware is an important measure to avoid a security breach. Hackers can steal sensitive information from compromised websites and use them for malicious purposes, such as identity theft, extortion, and fraud.

Fortunately, the free Sucuri WordPress plugin can assist you in performing critical security tasks such as, security activity auditing, blacklist monitoring, post-hack security actions, file integrity checks, and more.

Fix broken links

Broken links can negatively impact user experience and your website’s SEO ranking.There are various reasons why broken links happen, but the most common cause is when a page is deleted or relocated, resulting in a 404 not found error being displayed by the server. To address a broken link, the most effective solution is to redirect it to an alternative page. For instance, if the content of an article has been relocated to a new location, a redirect to the updated article will be necessary.

We hope this article has provided you with valuable insights on essential WordPress maintenance tasks that you should conduct regularly to keep your website running smoothly. If you want to learn more about WordPress maintenance, call our experts today.

Ask yourself what your website is doing for you and whether it’s aligned with your business needs and objectives. The GCInfotech professional web design team is here to help.

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The rise of remote work and virtual communication has made it more important than ever to secure our devices against cyberthreats. Hackers are constantly finding new ways to exploit our digital vulnerabilities, from webcam spying to unauthorized screen viewing. But don’t worry! There are steps you can take to protect yourself.

Install anti-malware software

No matter what type of device you are using, it is important to install security software that includes an anti-malware component. Malware, short for malicious software, can infect your device and cause a range of problems, from stealing your personal data to taking over your computer’s processing power for criminal activities. Anti-malware software can detect and remove malware from your device and prevent future infections. It is important to keep your anti-malware software up to date with the latest definitions and to run regular scans to ensure that your device is protected.

Watch your webcam

One of the scariest implications of a malware attack is the potential for webcam spying. Certain types of malware allow cybercriminals to gain access to your webcam and watch what you are doing in real time. That means criminals can spy on your personal life, surveil your business meetings, and even record compromising moments for blackmail.

The best way to protect yourself is by using a webcam cover or sticking black tape on your webcam when not in use. You should also check which applications have permission to use your webcam and make sure none have more access than necessary. For instance, if you are using Zoom, you might want to only allow the app to access your webcam when you are actively using it. Some laptops even come with a hardware switch that physically disconnects the webcam, so take advantage of this if your device offers it.

Use a privacy screen protector

When you’re using your device in a public area, people can easily look over your shoulder and read what’s on your screen. You can protect your information by using a privacy screen protector, which is essentially a filter that reduces the amount of light coming from your laptop or smartphone. This makes it impossible for people around you to see your information unless they are directly in front of the screen.

Lock and password-protect your devices

If you like to work in a café or other public space, it is important to enable auto-lock on your device. That way, even if you’re away from your device and someone picks it up, they will not be able to access it. It is also important to password-protect your device with a complex combination that only you remember, so that no one else can gain access to your data.

Leverage stronger authentication methods

Multifactor authentication (MFA) has become the norm for securing access to sensitive resources. With MFA, you need to enter an authentication code to gain access to your account. However, IT experts caution against using SMS authentication due to its vulnerability to cyberattacks. A better alternative is to use either a USB security token or biometric authentication such as fingerprints, retina, or facial scans. These additional methods of authentication are much more difficult to compromise because cybercriminals would need to physically possess the authentication device or replicate biometric information, which is nearly impossible.

Be extra cautious with public Wi-Fi

Public Wi-Fi networks are a common target for cybercriminals. In most cases, the network is not encrypted and hackers can easily eavesdrop on any data that is transmitted over the network. Additionally, malicious actors can set up fake networks that look legitimate but are actually designed to harvest your personal information.

To protect yourself when using public Wi-Fi, enable a virtual private network (VPN). VPNs encrypt your data traffic so that it is not visible to cybercriminals. However, in an ideal world, you should stay away from any public network as much as possible and only connect to private networks that you trust.

If you need professional solutions and expertise to keep your devices safe, we can help. Contact us today to learn more about our security services and get the peace of mind you deserve.

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