Cybersecurity, Clusit unveils the three "golden rules" for securing data

On the occasion of World Backup Day, the Italian Association for IT security chaired by Gabriele Faggioli explains how to best protect yourself. Current threats, ransomware in the first place, make one or more offline back-ups necessary, not just for professionals 29 Mar 2022 Veronica Balocco

Get an antivirus and keep it constantly updated. Back up your data daily or weekly, preferably duplicated, in the cloud and on a hard disk, which will then be detached from the PC and secured. Adopt multi-factor authentication whenever possible. On the occasion of the Backup day, which is celebrated on March 31, the Clusit experts share these three golden rules for securing their data, also explaining that the growth trend of cyber attacks has had no respite over the last year and, in addition to the quantity, showed an increase in the severity of the episodes. Backup: essential measure The photograph shown by the Clusit 2022 Report highlights that as many as 79% of the attacks detected in 2021 had a "high" impact, that is, they generated economic, social and image damage. In addition, in the last year, the attacks have hit all product sectors, in a substantially uniform manner. Victims have also grown in Europe and cybercrime has been the cause of 86% of attacks, typically perpetrated through malware and ransomware, used by criminals to generate profits in 41% of cases. Theft of information, loss, various malfunctions, are events now on the agenda: being caught unprepared can cause high costs to a company, damage to its image, compromise relations with customers and suppliers. However, the problems can also be important for private citizens: one above all, the loss of memories, typically photos and videos, very often left on the memory of a PC or phone without any backup. “Backups are an essential security measure, the need for which has been known for at least half a century. Protecting backups and ensuring their correctness is a condition for ensuring their effectiveness. It is worrying to see how often data is lost in the event of an incident, because backups are not made, because they are not stored in contexts other than those of the data they protect, or because data attacks manage to reach backups as well. The problem exists from large companies to individuals, ”says Claudio Telmon, member of the Clusit management committee.