While the world is evolving to be a better place, it is far from perfect. In recent times there have been 3 major cyber security breaches in multiple countries affecting thousands of organizations and individuals. The latest cyber security threat locks up computers and brings production to a standstill. As a result, the companies don’t just lose out on a lot of work hours but also have to spend a lots of money in either paying the ransom or trying to get rid of the threat themselves.
After the three major breaches in the cyber security world, one thing definitely stands out. Every company big or small can be infiltrated and therefore needs to make sure their computers and systems are up to the mark. Here’s how you can make your company cybersecure.
1. Update your Firewal
It seems to be the most obvious answer to such an important question but it is the first step in securing your systems and computers. A good firewall is the front line of your army. If the front line is weak, the entire army won’t be able to face the opposition. Thereby it is paramount to have an updated firewall that covers all forms of attacks, from the regular worms to ransomware attacks.
2. Cyber fire drills
Just like fire drills for extreme situations in real life, make sure employees know the procedure to be followed while facing a cyber crisis. Conducting seminars to educate all employees and not just the IT team about the increasing risks of cyber security and how to recognize files that might be carrying malicious content will help curb the spread of the malware, if not stop it. A lot of these threats depend on people opening random files which are malicious and spread to connected devices. Companies can also conduct dry runs by sending random files without malware to random employees to check if the tips are helping or if additional help is required.
Store only the extremely important information and purge other irrelevant data. It is important to clear systems with records and data that are no longer relevant to the company and will not be of any use later. Storing a vast amount of customer Ids or customer information will lead to a bigger breach and a bigger ransom payment.
4. Understand and heed the evolving risks
Maintain an IT team that is up to date with the evolving risks and can be depended upon when facing a cyber issue. A team of dedicated employees who are capable of tackling all forms of threats includes people having a deep and complete knowledge about such issues. A lot of these threats have evolved over time and will keep on evolving over time, the IT team will have to keep up with with the evolution.
5. Cybersecure Company Culture
It is always better to be proactive than reactive. Ingrain cyber security in the company policy to let even new employees know what needs to be done in a case of a hijack. It is a proactive way to stay ahead of malicious content and make employees the gatekeepers of your company information. Develop a security protocol and make it a part and parcel of your orientation program.
Two step authentication, strong passwords, security questions, safe practices and regular verification will add another layer of protection for all of your company information.
If you or your company uses any other form of protection against cyber attacks let us know in the comments below. You can also write to us at [email protected]
Suki: This Startup Wants To Transform Healthcare With Its Artificial Intelligence Tool
We live in a rapidly transforming era where humanity is making exponential leaps in technology. Thirty years ago, no one would have believed you could talk to an online voice assistant to create tasks and get things done. Ten years ago, no one would have believed humanity would land robots on Mars. Technology truly has improved the quality of living of every human who owns a smartphone and has access to an internet connection. Voice assistants are slowly replacing manual tasks and making lives easier and efficient. Siri, Alexa, Google Voice Assistant are just some of the widely used artificial intelligence based tools which are employed on a daily basis. Artificial intelligence, which is hailed as the technology of the future is now slowly making its way into much more complex domains like self driving vehicles, quantum computing and also health care.
Suki, a United States of America based startup founded by Punit Soni, developed their own voice assistant which runs on artificial intelligence to simplify healthcare for doctors and other healthcare professionals. In simple terms, Suki is akin to Siri for doctors. While you could order a pizza or schedule an appointment on Siri, doctors could modify, edit and add health records of their patients. Suki is a powerful tool to help doctors with documentation of health records which often take hours of their (doctors) time.
Suki currently focuses on documentation but has the potential to expand its usage to data queries, ordering, prescribing and billing. According to a white paper published by Suki, using its technology increases the time a doctor spends with a patient by 12% by cutting note taking time by 76%. The time which is saved also brings in a financial benefit of $30,000 more in revenue a year on average for doctors.
Suki raised a $ 20 million Series B round from Flare Capital Partners, First Round Capital, and Venrock, doubling its total funding to $ 40 million since its 2017 launch. Suki is also looking to expand its reach in India and has decided to establish Bangalore as their base of operations. India holds a lot of potential for Suki considering the amount of manual work which goes into almost any sector.
It would be interesting to watch how Suki and other similar AI based startups would transform healthcare across the world.
Leher Versus Clubhouse: Which Audio Listening Startup Would You Choose?
Clubhouse is a new type of social networking platform which is an audio only platform. This means every conversation takes place through audio where users speak to let their thoughts known. Users can create and host rooms where speakers will talk about a particular topic. Originating in the Silicon Valley, Clubhouse attracted some major names onto its platform like Elon Musk, Evan Williams, Reddit co founder Alexis Ohanian, former Y Combinator President Sam Altman, AngelList co founder Naval Ravikant, Ashton Kuthcer, Oprah Winfrey, Drake, Kevin Hart and many others are some of the influential personalities who are on Clubhouse. There is however a catch as Clubhouse is currently limited to iOS.
Leher is an Indian made alternative to Clubhouse and is a similar audio sharing and listening startup. Leher also has video support unlike Clubhouse and is also available for both Android and iOS. However, Leher does not have the biggest names in the world on its platform but it does have significant micro influencers and is growing at a rapid pace. Within 180 days of its beta version launch, the company claimed to have its users spend about 44 minutes every day and 250,000 minutes per month for live video sessions.
We at Startup Stories are curious to see which among Leher or Clubhouse would our readers choose to take part in a virtual discussion. Please let us know your answer in the poll below.
4 Useful And New WhatsApp Features That Released During The COVID-19 Lockdown
WhatsApp is one of the worlds largest online texting applications which is used almost in every country. It is a light and easy to use texting application which also offers a lot of other important utilities other than texting. These include video calling, group video calling, digital payments, document and media sharing and location sharing. What began as a simple texting application is now an indispensable part of our lives because WhatsApp has made information flow faster and safer. WhatsApp kept scaling new heights time and again and this was possible only because of the constant innovation by the developer team.
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic which forced entire countries to go into lockdown and shut down businesses, WhatsApp is doing its part to help people during these times by rolling out some nifty and important features.
Group video call limit increased
WhatsApp had the facility for group video calls which could only accommodate 4 people in a single call. However, with a new update WhatsApp increased the limit of group video calls to 8 users. The update is not just limited to increase in participants but also to the audio and video quality. There has been a noticeable increase in the quality of the video and audio in group video calls.
‘Together At Home’ sticker pack
WhatsApp has launched a new sticker pack called ‘Together at Home’ in collaboration with the World Health Organisation (WHO.) The sticker pack aims to help people stay connected throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Restrictions on frequently forwarded messages
This is probably one of the most important features to be released during the COVID-19 lockdown. In a country like India, a lot of misinformation is shared on a daily basis on WhatsApp messages and most of these messages are forwards. The amount of misinformation on WhatsApp is so high that WhatsApp is often referred to as ‘Whatsapp University.’ During the coronavirus pandemic, WhatsApp restricted ‘frequently forwarded messages’ to be sent to not more than one chat at a time.
WhatsApp has launched chatbots by partnering with WHO and the Indian government and launched a chatbot to provide authentic information related to the COVID-19 virus. The chatbot developed by the Indian government is known as MyGov Corona Help Desk and can be accessed by adding +91-9013-151515 to your contacts and sending a message.
Sharing correct information, avoiding incorrect panic.
Here is an effort by WhatsApp and @mygovindia to ensure you receive accurate and verified information on Coronavirus.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 21, 2020
We believe that these features are definitely the need of the hour and will go a long way in creating a positive impact. Let us know if you used any of these features on your mobile device!
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