Cybersecurity Tips: 5 Ways To Protect Your Data

The digital world we live in has many vulnerabilities. Over the years, the number of cyberattacks has increased drastically worldwide. If there are weak points in your ICT infrastructure, this can have major consequences for your organization. Can you imagine your personal data, or confidential company data being exposed?

Cybersecurity, or Information Technology security, concerns all measures that are taken to protect your data, company network, and other ICT solutions against digital crime.

The internet has become indispensable in almost every organization. We can’t escape the dangers that come with being connected to the internet. What we can do is protect ourselves from all possible threats. With a few basic measures, you can quickly ensure that your data is protected. Here are 5 ways to protect your data.

1. Install anti-malware software
Anti-malware software is a program or set of programs designed to search, detect, and remove malware such as viruses, spyware, trojans, and peripheral malware. Choose the anti-malware software that is best for your organization and update it regularly. Periodically run an anti-malware scan and do not disable it to install new software.

2. Use strong passwords
Select passwords that are difficult for hackers to track and use a different password for each account. It is best to use long, strong passwords that consist of at least 12 characters. Use characters, capital letters, and numbers. An example of a strong password is: ePYHc ~ dS *) 8 $ + V- ‘.

3. Update software timely
Install software patches so that hackers can’t take advantage of common problems or vulnerabilities. Many systems offer automatic updates. Enable this option if it’s available.

4. Physical security
Don’t store documents on your laptop or PC. Use the cloud or an external hard disk instead. If you step away from your laptop or PC, always make sure to lock it. Are you done working? Be sure to turn off your laptop or PC.

5. Be on the lookout for unexpected emails
Phishing emails are currently one of the most common risks. The purpose of a phishing email is to steal your personal data. You’ll be tricked by clicking on a malicious link, leading to the installation of malware on your device, encrypting your data as part of a ransomware attack or data breach. Never click on links in emails or open attachments that seem to come from an unknown email address. If in doubt, be sure to check with your IT department first. 

Whitney de Rijp, MBA in Innovation and Technology.
Whitney de Rijp is a young driven Surinamese woman. She has been working at Datasur for over 6 years. Together with her top team, they ensure that customer data is stored securely all over the world which helps them focus on their core business.

Integrity, authenticity and just being herself is the mode for success as a Commercial Affairs Manager. Furthermore, she finds it very important to maximize effectiveness and of course lead by example. For both the internal and the external organization she is very transparent, which also fosters loyalty and engagement with the company goals.

Jurgen Schmeltz has as a Bachelor's degree in Information and Communication Technology and several IT certifications. His IT career started in Johannesburg, South Africa at IBM where he gained international experience for 5 years. When he came back to Suriname, he worked for two IT companies and also gained experience in VOIP, Backup Solutions and Microsoft Products.

At the moment Jurgen is a Cloud and Datacenter Infrastructure Specialist with many years of experience in the field of Microsoft Virtualization, Workplace Automation, Backup, Replication and Data Center Infrastructure. He currently holds the position of Operations Manager and is responsible for managing the Datacenter Operations such as Cloud and Network infrastructure.

Furthermore, he is also responsible for managing daily Facility Operations of the Datasur Datacenters and Project Lead for Cloud and Datacenter expansion projects. In his free time he’s a parttime lecturer at the two technical Universities in Suriname.

On behalf of Datasur Jurgen Schmeltz is also chairman of SUR-IX. The Suriname Internet Exchange Point which will be operational before the end of 2022

Sheetal Ganput works as the General Affairs Manager at Datasur. In this role she is part of the management team and reports to the CEO of Datasur.

She is a very self-driven, detail-oriented & hardworking young professional. She has helped to reorganize the company in the field of Office, HRM and Supply Chain Management.

Sheetal has her B.Sc. in Business Management and also completed her M.Sc. completed in Business Management with a specialization in Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Leadership. She is very progressive and is currently doing her Ph.D. study in Leadership & Management

Our CEO, Dr. Anvit Ramlakhan is a prolific strong inspiring inclusive young professional leader from Suriname, working in different fields to contribute for the betterment of humanity and the world. He is an experienced executive with a demonstrated history of working in the ICT industry for several years, with a widespread of skills in operations, quality, risk, project, business, strategy, product portfolio management (just to name a few). At Datasur Anvit oversees the total company performance on strategical level, with a strong focus on business growth, innovation, customer experience and financial profitability.

Furthermore, Anvit contributes to development of the Surinamese youth by lecturing and tutoring at four university study organizations in Suriname on undergraduate and postgraduate levels within study fields such as ICT, Electrical engineering, Organization management, Process management, Business intelligence, MBA, etc.

He has a strong professional background with a cum laude doctorate (Ph.D. in Management- Information and Technology) from the Akamai University in USA, Master of Science (M.Sc.) with merit in Information Systems from Anglia Ruskin University in London, UK and Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Telecommunications from Anton de Kom University in Paramaribo, Suriname. He currently is finishing up his MBA in Strategic Management and Leadership at the London School of International Business, London, UK.

Anvit has several prolific leadership and business certifications, ongoing humanity service, extensive spiritual drive and a personal theme which is as follows: “Continuous progressive successful excellence”. He is part of volunteer organization HSS for 20+ years, through which character molding, collaboration and way of living for the youth is created and augmented.

In January 2022 he has been elected for two years as Chairman of the ICT Association in Suriname, in order to help strategize the sustainable digital economic development of Suriname. Furthermore he also has been elected as Chairman for the Suriname Business Youth Association in June 2021 for a period of two years, whereby development and support of young entrepreneurs and professionals is one of the main goals. Anvit is also part of the presidential working groups on areas of e-Government and wage council.