Cybersecurity Services And Your Business – Part One Why So Important?

Security has slowly shifted from personal networks to the internet. The reason for this paradox is the convenience and efficiency of company’s transmitting sensitive, personal information over the internet.  Unfortunately, hackers are getting smarter and bolder.  The cost of disruption caused by breaches and the loss of important data can cripple a business and damage its credibility.  That is why cybersecurity is the top priority for most business owners.

WHAT IS CYBERSECURITY?

Cybersecurity is defined as the protection of computer systems and networks from the unauthorized access, theft of or damage to their hardware, software, or electronic data, as well as from the disruption or misdirection of the technology services they provide. Wikipedia

 WHAT ARE TOP SECURITY THREATS TO NETWORKS?

  • Viruses –Viruses are the most common threat to network security and will remain the top attack vector.  These are generally spread through file sharing, infected websites, and email attachments through the use of a document file.  Because the virus remains dormant until the infected file has been activated, it is relatively simple to avoid from spreading by scanning questionable files with IT solutions like antivirus software.
  • Fallout from Viruses –While viruses themselves pose a serious cybersecurity threat they can also make your network vulnerable to subsequent attacks.  These attacks are referred to as back door viruses, due to them exploiting an opening created by another virus. Nowadays, most technology solutions like antivirus software takes this into account and protects your network from backdoor viruses as well.
  • Ransomware –When this malicious code is downloaded, it can lock down any information and devices that are connected to the network.  This is typically done by using an encryption key which prevents one from accessing the information or re-configuring devices.  The encryption key is then sold back to the afflicted company for a ransom.  It is recommended that one seek help from an IT support company, as it is extremely difficult to break the encoding.
  • Phishing –Typically this is done through an email that requests personal information of some kind.  Additionally, these emails may have some attachment that could compromise the security of your network on their own.  The most effective IT solution is to have a company email policy dictating that employees   never request personal information over email.  This information security policy will then reduce the chance of employees or clients being victims of phishing attempts.
  • Logic Bombs – A logic bomb is a piece of code, a set of instructions secretly and intentionally inserted into a software system, so that if particular conditions are met it will “detonate,” setting off and carrying out malicious functions that cause harmful effects.  Examples may include corrupting the hard drive, deleting files, stealing data or taking the device over. It is best to contact a Managed IT service provider to handle backup and recovery for this crisis.
  •  Software Vulnerabilities –Even if your network is secure, the software that is running on it might not be.  Vendor security patches and updates are created at a rapid pace in order to address any security flaws the original software may have had.  However, not everyone consistently updates their software with these patches. By not applying these patches consistently, your network is at risk from those security flaws.  It is best to contact a network consultant to investigate these vulnerabilities.
  • Cloud Attacks –Because of cloud storage, important information can be accessed and modified from a wide variety of devices.  However, mobile devices are especially vulnerable to being infiltrated by hackers to access corporate networks.  This is done through the use of malware specifically designed to crack cloud-based systems.  One can address this by the implementation of an effective mobile use policy for your business through technology consulting.
  • Malicious use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) – Since AI is globally on the rise, it is being learned and scrutinized also by cyber criminals. Presently, cyber criminals are utilizing automated bots to carry out attacks.  Hackers are gathering an enormous amount of information about potential victims, including contacts and favorite sites.  They can also employ automated tools to generate malicious emails and websites that are nearly impossible to protect.  An IT company can assist businesses in defending themselves against these efforts by countering with their own AI-enabled tools.
  • Social Media Attacks –Instead of directly targeting your network, malicious hackers may instead attempt to compromise a website or service that is connected to your network and allow malware to spread from there.  This is typically done by attacking company social media accounts and services.  The best defense for these attacks is to have a heightened awareness of the cybersecurity risk and to constantly remain vigilant.
  • Third Party Attacks –While your network may be otherwise secure, cyber criminals can exploit contractors and third-party providers to create an opening.  By doing so, they can cause major data breaches.  This is why a company needs to consider who can connect to or access sensitive information. Guidelines need to be enforced for these entities or individuals to take appropriate precautions to ensure information security. Typically, these precautions would be outlined by company personnel and their network consultant.
  • Unauthorized Access by Former Employees –Often, companies do not completely restrict the access that former employees have to the network.  By not completely terminating the access former employees have, it leaves the door open for them to steal important information.
  • DDoS (Denial of Service) Attacks –These attacks flood a site or service with so much traffic that the servers become overwhelmed and legitimate users are unable to connect as a result.  While not as harmful as some other cybersecurity risks, these attacks can still reduce productivity and hurt sales as a result.  This can be prevented through the use of DDoS protection software.

If you like to learn more about Cybersecurity Services and a Managed IT company that can provide support and technology solutions for your business, check out the TeamLogicIT Plano website or give us a call at (469) 573-3743.

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