Kaspersky highlights modern threats and protection at NCSA’s Thailand Cyber Week 2023
Cybersecurity awareness and protection has become essential in a world driven by technology and digital transformation. Many countries have adopted cybersecurity measures and raising public awareness about potential cyber risks.
As the risks of cyber crimes increase with more people having their data available online, cybersecurity awareness and protection is increasingly becoming important for personal and professional use of online services.
Puttipong Ponglaksamana, Presales Manager at Kaspersky underlined the importance of cybersecurity awareness at the Thailand National Cyber Week 2023, hosted by National Cyber Security Agency (NCSA), where he shared a remarkable presentation on ‘How to surf the cyber world safely and securely’ to the audience.
On stage, he highlighted today’s modern threats, including phishing, ransomware, and cyptojacking, as well as the ways to spot, avoid, and prevent them in daily lives.
Phishing prevention has become essential as more criminals turn towards online scams to steal personal information. Users have learned to dodge spam emails, but phishing emails can look deceivingly credible. Some are even personalized specifically for them. Thus, users need to know the red flags because scams are nothing new on the web, but phishing is harder to spot.
Ransomware has evolved in a span of three decades, from a relatively harmless toy into a serious threat to users of all platforms, and especially to businesses. It is important to seek help from experts and not simply do the cybercriminal’s demand. Find out guidelines and decryption tools at nomoreransom.org where Kaspersky is one of the founding partners and tool contributors.
Cryptojacking embeds itself within a computer or mobile device and then uses its resources to mine cryptocurrency. It might seem like a relatively harmless crime since the only thing 'stolen' is the power of victim's computer. But the use of computing power for this criminal purpose is done without the knowledge or consent of the victim, for the benefit of criminals who are illicitly creating currency.
Puttipong also revealed significant findings from the latest Kaspersky Security Bulletin - an annual series of predictions and analytical reports on key shifts within the cybersecurity world.
“Kaspersky’s detection systems discovered an average of 400,000 new malicious files daily over the past 10 months. By comparison, about 380,000 of these files were detected every day in 2021, demonstrating a 5% jump. In total, Kaspersky’s systems detected approximately 122 million malicious files in 2022, 6 million more than last year,” says Mr. Puttipong.
“In today’s world, people can never be completely risk free. But, by shifting their focus towards proactive protection, staying alert to modern threats, practicing good digital habit, as well as adopting reliable security solution, they can get themselves into a safely and securely position,” adds Puttipong.
To stay protected, Kaspersky recommends users the following:
- Do not download and install applications from untrusted sources
- Do not click on any links from unknown sources or suspicious online advertisements
- Create strong and unique passwords, including a mix of lower-case and upper-case letters, numbers, and punctuation, as well as activating two-factor authentication
- Always install updates. Some of them may contain critical security issue fixes
- Ignore messages asking to disable security systems for office or cybersecurity software
- Use a reliable security solution appropriate to your system type and devices. It will tell you which sites shouldn’t be open and protect you from malware
The National Cyber Security Agency (NCSA) hosted the “Thailand National Cyber Week 2023” in Bangkok on 17 - 18 February 2023, aiming to strengthen the national cybersecurity, integrate and impose measures and mechanisms to improve the potential of critical information infrastructure (CII), government agencies, private sectors, educational institutions, academic staff, researchers, instructors, students, including the general public to exchange explicit knowledge and experiences in technology and cybersecurity as well as raising cybersecurity awareness, increasing the capabilities, establishing the potential network for entrepreneurs in preventing, responding and mitigating damages to Thailand’s CII.
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