Think about how many computers you use and how many you see being used on a daily basis (Smartphones count too!) and you will start to realize how embedded computers and the internet is in our lives! It’s incredible! With the amount of people and businesses using computers you start to see how if a cyberattack were to happen on any level, how badly it would affect our society as a whole!
Our world is so connected that if one part of that web starts to go down due to an attack that there’s a good chance that it can spread to other parts with ease! If you find that you are a victim of a cyberattack do your part and disconnect yourself and don’t expose your system to others in any way, such as connecting a USB stick from your infected system to a system that you use at work! Treat it like an illness, and know that it is contagious in computers just like the Flu would be to humans!
If you have a business that is affected, it is smart to let your customers know what is going on to safeguard themselves and to contain the cyberattack as best as you can! Do not keep it a secret as many other companies have done and failed in doing, it will hurt your business to the point of bankruptcy!
But always remember that best defense is your first line of defense when it comes to cybersecurity—beef up on your network’s security and make sure you are always up-to-date with your firmware! You wouldn’t lock up a safe with an old lock, and you wouldn’t secure your network with out-of-date software!