Top 5 cyber-attack defences in 2024

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May 17, 2024

As we move further and further into a digital age, cyber-security becomes more important by the day as there are many ways for people to make money off your users and data using attacks like phishing and ransomware. Cyber-crime, if it was an industry, is the 3rd largest economy in the world. Thankfully there are many tools and systems that can be put in place to counter these attacks leaving your business safe and secure. As we are almost halfway through 2024, we have created a list of the top 5 things you should consider implementing by the end of the year or early 2025.

Managed Detection Response (MDR)

Everyone knows about antivirus (AV), and it is certainly better to have some protection rather than none, but with the increasing complexity of cyber-attacks AV is becoming less secure . There is a solution however and that is managed detection response (MDR). MDR uses a combination of technology and human expertise to detect, analyse and respond to cyber threats that have gotten through preventative tools. It uses AI to detect threats and then send you alerts to inform you that this has happened. It combines with Windows Defender to give you another layer of security allowing you to respond to attacks faster. Huntress is a great example of this as they manage it 24/7 with their team. If you want the best level of cyber protection in this age, then MDR is most definitely something you should consider.

Up to Date Hardware and Operating Systems

Now this may seem obvious, but keeping hardware and operating systems up to date is critical for cyber-security. Outdated hardware and operating systems often don’t have the latest built in security features that the newer models have, making it more vulnerable to cyber threats. Cyber-criminals frequently exploit known vulnerabilities in older machines that have been fixed in newer models. Another thing to consider, manufacturers stop providing support and security patches once the device and OS reaches a certain age, leaving them exposed to new types of attacks. By using the current versions, you benefit from the latest security enhancements and stay one step ahead of cyber-criminals. This proactive approach is a key part of a safe and secure cyber-security strategy.

Email Security

Emails are an important part of our everyday work life. They’re great for communicating and receiving information, however they also present another point of attack for cyber criminals. I’m sure everyone has been on the receiving end of a phishing email or seem to have gotten endless spam trying to get you to click something so that they have a way into your computer. There are ways to combat this however, you can use tools such as SMX which gives you enhanced email filtering meaning you never have to see the spam or most phishing emails as it blocks them all for you. This reduces the worry that your inbox will fill up with countless emails all promising you a free trip to The Bahamas if you just click the link and put in your password. As good as email filtering is every now and then something will slip through the cracks and find its way into your inbox. A great way to be prepared for this is cyber security awareness training (CSAT), which trains your end users on what phishing emails look like and how to identify them. This is a great way to help reduce human error should the odd email get through. Business owners should seriously consider investing in a training program as it will greatly reduce the risk of data being leaked or endpoints being compromised.

Backups

Ransomware is becoming increasingly common and can be very scary. The hacker effectively holds your data ransom and demands a large sum of money for you to get it back, with no guarantee they’ll comply if and when you do pay. The best way to prevent this is to have secure backups of your data. These backups mean that when someone locks you out and holds your data ransom you can recover back to an old version and continue working as normal. By this point, your MDR will have an idea of where the vulnerability in your system is allowing you to be better placed to deal with it. In my opinion, the ability to continue when something of this magnitude goes wrong rather than paying a huge sum of money in the hopes this cyber-criminal will give you back your data is a no brainer. You could potentially be offline for months as you try to recover everything, and worst case go out of business completely. Ransomware is a very serious threat, and you should do everything possible to defend against it.

AI

With AI being a huge talking point at present it seems right to talk about it here. AI can play an important role in cyber-security. If you think back to the MDR section, it links with AI to deliver the best security possible. It can analyse huge amounts of data very quickly to identify patterns and anomalies that could potentially indicate a cyber-attack much faster and more accurately than humans. It also has the ability to learn and adapt after each attack at a much faster rate as well, continuously improving its algorithms and becoming much more effective over time. AI isn’t just something you ask questions to for quick answers, it’s crucial to today’s rapidly evolving digital landscape and is something you should take into consideration for your cyber defence system.


Cyber security is one of the most crucial things today. Almost every business has some sort of record or data online that if breached could spell the end of their business. Enhancing your security with these things mentioned above is imperative for any business looking to grow, or even just stay in business. Hackers are becoming more advanced by the day, but you can stay one step ahead of them if you make a concerted effort to make yourself as secure as possible.

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