Digital Encode Limited, an information security management and assurance services company, has disclosed three defensive strategies that would help organization and individuals to fight the menace of cyber attacks effectively.

The defense strategies, which were disclosed during a Cybersecurity Masterclass Training for ICT Journalists in Lagos, are the prevention, resilience and detection/recovery.

According to Oyediji Simileoluwa, Senior Consultant at Digital Encode, prevention increases the difficulty of attacks, resilience allows a system to remain functional despite the attacks, while detection/recovery would allow systems to more quickly detect and recover from attacks to a fully functional state.

Giving some tips to avoid cyber attacks, Simileoluwa asked organizations to realize that they are an attractive target to hackers, warning that don’t ever say, ‘it won’t happen to me’ as security is a journey and not a destination.

He also advised that there is a need to practice good password management. “Use a strong mix of characters, and don’t use the same password for multiple sites. Don’t share your password with others,” he urged.

Simileoluwa also argued that in information security, there is no 100 percent security, but one sure way to secure a system from network attack is to unplug it from the network and make it a standalone system.

He however believes that, although this system  would be relatively from internal and external based attackers, its usability would substantially reduced.


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