As Sébastien Gioria, an IT security expert and forensic expert on cybercrime and founder of AppSecFR, a local security firm, said, "it doesn't just happen to others" about cyberattacks. He recently organized an online seminar on the topic of cyberattack prevention.
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The aim of this awareness campaign was to bring to the attention of as many people as possible certain practices essential to ensure good digital hygiene. He also said that good practices should be "spread." The expert points out that small businesses tend to neglect good security practices and the real danger of cybersecurity. According to our expert, they "have not yet become sufficiently aware of the problem of cybercrime" before adding "it doesn't happen that other companies, only to large companies".
But this can also be explained in a number of ways. First, there is an economic aspect to it. Indeed, cybersecurity requires a significant financial deployment but not as extraordinary. Moreover, the IT aspect generally is considered by small and medium-sized enterprises as a simple tool. This makes it difficult for them to manage it properly. Sebastien Gioria tries to give a few details: "One risk, for example, is when employees have to access their company's accounting from home, which will open new doors: it will potentially make cyber criminals more envious. It usually takes less than an hour to get into a computer system and you notice it two to three weeks later. in particular, "often you don't know what to do or who to turn to, you're afraid to talk about it…" We must not be ashamed."
That's why he recommends turning to specialists in the field. it is possible to contact some now recommended-official form set up by the French government cybermalveillance.gouv.fr.
To set an example, that cybersecurity can prove to be an essential part of a corporate organization as a whole, he has given some victims of cybercriminals who paid more than they would have thought. The first victim was a furniture company called BRM Mobilier, in the town of Bressuire. The attack took place in 2015 and is called fake president scams. After the cyberattack the company lost more than 1.6 million euros. It had to be liquidated and closed, putting about 40 people out of work. In 2014, a car dealership company escaped a scam that could have cost it more than 900,000 euros. In 2019, the computer network of a company in Cognac, Charente, was crippled by ransomware. More than 400 computers have been shut down. To free itself the company had to pay the ransom of 180,000 euros to the hackers.
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