Namibia still vulnerable to Cybercrime

Namibia is the top African destination for cyber criminals, according to a 2016 report in The Namibian. A sobering thought when looked at in conjunction with the rise of cyber crime across the world. Now, over a year later, not much has been done to correct this. Namibians are still one of the most vulnerable countries in the world when it comes to cybercrime, according to a recent Deloitte study.

With big names such as Standard Bank, Panama Papers and even Mark Zuckerberg falling victim to cyberattacks and phishing, isn’t it time you take steps to educate and protect yourself?

Let’s start with the basics – What is cybercrime anyway?

Cybercrime is any crime that is committed using a computer or the internet. It includes identity theft, document theft, stealing electronic funds, and even online bullying or harassment. CSO online recently predicted that cybercrime damage costs will hit $6 trillion annually by 2021. More worrying is that hackers are targeting people more than businesses now. They depend on human error instead of working on back doors, because human error is a dependable weakness.

How do we stop it?

Starting is simple. Do not connect with anyone on the internet that you don’t personally know and trust. The more you expose yourself to strangers, the more you expose yourself to harassment, bullying and theft. This is especially important when clicking on links or downloading documents from people who you don’t recognise – this type of activity almost always leads to hacking or viral attacks. Being responsible yourself is not enough, especially if you are responsible for the safety of your business’s data and records. You may know not to download strange files, but do all your employees follow this rule? Does everyone who has access to your computer follow this rule? After all, if Hillary Clinton’s campaign chairman can make the mistake of clicking on a malicious email, what’s to stop your employees from making the same mistake?

That’s why it is so important to make sure you have software and procedures in place to prevent human error from leaking your confidential information, allowing phishers access to your funds, and a host of other terrifying outcomes.

Talk to Salt now to find out how we can help protect you.