Is Cyber Security needed? Technically, you could say the answer is yes. However, that same answer is followed by another, more important, question: How much security is needed? We have incredibly varied levels to this subject, but essentially, one exists for everyone.
Building the structures to sustain major platforms and projects, and maintaining security across the board.
Preparing for the chance of any kind of breach, small or large, and attaching appropriate contingencies.
Automating security with new internalized procedures designed to help out both the enthusiast and the newcomer.
It’s a question that has created an entire industry that’s now the corner point of the digital age that we live in. The question still persists though, who exactly needs it? Some would say everyone needs it. Some would say no one really needs it. Some others would say, do it yourself. However, we have developed our own unique opinion, based on our experience in the industry thus far.
When it comes down to it, it’s..relative. Not everyone needs the same thing, though (to an extent) everyone needs something. That doesn’t mean if you’re a photographer start looking to set up proxy’s on top of analytic programs, shielded by high-level multi-layered encryption. For instance, someone in that field, it would make more sense for them to have a basic SSL certificate on whichever website they’re on. That way, you have enough protection to ward off any low-level threats, but you’re not spending the amount to gear up for Cyber Warfare. Not everyone has the unlimited resources to set this kind of thing up for low-level threats.
The next tier up would be for eCommerce websites, meaning anyone who’s selling something through a portal on their site (ie: WooCommerce). Now, most of the payment gateways are already set up for security. However, it doesn’t hurt to add some of your own. It’s not that big of a jump though. The best option here would be to use some form of off-site DNS management, and a decently-high SSL certificate. You could add an SSH key to whichever server you’re on (If you’re worried about competition trying to impact your company). Other than those options, that’s really the extent of it, at least for this demographic.
The next is the upper-echelon of companies. When you start to get into companies like banks, security groups, or development agencies, the game changes. This is mainly because these groups are targeted constantly. In some cases, they’ll even hire security firms to test their current levels. In these cases, you want every countermeasure you can think of. This includes but isn’t limited to: An off-site server, premium DNS protection, a high-level proxy for your network, across the entire network, encryption on the server itself, SSH keys in addition to long string alphanumeric passwords, multiple high level SSL certificates from trusted providers, and a lot of micromanaging on the server.
The next category we get a lot, and I mean a lot, of questions about. Personal security. The main answer to this is, there isn’t one, not really. Almost all anti-virus is a waste of time if you have windows defender, or pay attention that what you do online. First, as far as networking is concerned, and privacy, windows is not your friend. They say something to the effect of, they will collect information on everything you do, or even access, on a windows machine, then disclose all of it to either comply with law enforcement or for the betterment of Windows as a whole. Normally I would just suggest not using it outright, though I understand that’s not possible for some.
If you can’t switch to Linux or OSX, you need to limit Windows’ access. You can either turn off all of the privacy settings in the actual settings, and that’ll make a dent. If you want to take it further, use a tool such as Spybot Anti-beacon or DestroyWindows10Spying. Now it should be known that because of the Windows 10 design, some features will be rendered unable to operate. Other than the operating system, you can use a browser VPN for light security, or a system VPN such as SoftEther VPN Gate for complete masking. There are other steps to take, but those are really the only ones worth making. The last thing to add is, be very wary of what you go to, and download, on the Internet. If needed, to operate in any risk-filled situation, try operating in a virtual machine. Our recommendation is using a dual boot of Linux & Windows.