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The DDoS attacks of 2016 and the WannaCry ransomware that recently affected thousands of computer systems have compelled businesses to look into their security mechanisms and identify the pitfalls that might make them a victim of cyber threats in the future.

Verizon had already highlighted the intensity of upcoming challenges in their annual 2016 Data Breach Investigations Report as:

“No locale, no industry or organization is bulletproof when it comes to the compromise of data.”

Although cyber security agencies, IT security teams and security software developers are striving to overcome the menace of threats with all their might, the increasing number of incidents clearly indicates that cyber criminals have taken the lead and by a great margin at that.

Statistics reveal no good signs for the future, either. It has been estimated that by 2021, the cost of the damage caused by cyber attacks will exceed more than $6 trillion.

These analyses and forecasts are a true indication that everyone is prone to cyber threats. Here are some signs that indicate your IT and data security strategy has gone obsolete and needs an immediate revamp.

Your System Speed has Changed

Computer systems connected to the circuitry of your overall organizational network are experiencing extreme fluctuations in terms of speed and performance. They are either working too fast or too slow and are even unresponsive sometimes. Another clear sign is that your system is running a lot of programs in the background even when you have not opened them.

Malicious Login Activities

Unauthorized login is still the primary method of breaking into an organization’s system. Cyber attackers tend to steal login info or hack into accounts that allow maximum accessibility into your company’s data mines. Network administrators need to keep a check on the logins and their relevant IPs to identify any malicious activity in real time.

Similarly, since the biggest threats arise from inside, you need to install a commercial security system within your premises to keep an eye on any malicious insider activities in restricted places.

Your Data Mines Have Been Compromised

If the backups you made last week have become unresponsive, some files went missing, or the arrangement of your data logs looks different, it is a clear indication that your IT security has gone obsolete and your data mines might have been breached.

There is an Abrupt Increase in Spams

Unrecognized requests, spammy emails, pop-ups and messages saying “Program Unresponsiveness, Click Ok to make it faster” or “New Version found: Click Ok to update” could all be signs that your system has been infected by malicious software.

Shut Downs and Downtimes have become a Routine

When a system is infected with a Trojan or virus, downtown and automatic shutdowns become routine. Merely notifying your IT department won’t resolve the issue. You need to address it through more stringent security measures.


Cyber security is important now more than ever. With the number and sophistication of attacks on the rise, companies need to invest in sound security strategies in order to protect their valuable data. The strategies of yesterday simply aren’t enough to handle the complexity of today’s cyber attacks. By revamping your security strategy, you’ll be in a better position to provide sufficient protection, allowing your business to continue to thrive without fear of becoming a victim


Rick-DelgadoAbout the Author: Rick Delgado is a freelancer tech writer and commentator. He enjoys writing about new technologies and trends, and how they can help us. Rick occasionally writes for several tech companies and industry publications.

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