2015: Safeguarding Your Business against Cyber Threats
The new year looms ahead, full of exciting possibilities, and it could also mean your business facing new, more advanced threats to IT security.
2014 made a name for itself as many techies and experts described it as the year of cyber attacks – some big names at the receiving end were Microsoft, Target and Home Depot. All in all, businesses from all industries reported a whopping 42.8 million attacks that were detected the same year.
These figures are disturbing, as they are up practically by half since 2013. The year 2015 doesn’t look all that great in this regard, and businesses need to be on their toes to keep their infrastructure safe. Let’s take a look at some common cyber threats and how your business can retaliate.
Why So Serious?
How serious are cyber attacks? What consequences do businesses suffer after a successful hack or attack?
No matter how large or small your business is, dealing with the aftermath of a cyber attack is a very serious affair. Any kind of business can be a potential target and consequences include exposure of vendor and client data, general loss of data, and a sometimes irreversible loss of trust by vendors and clients.
Get Your Guard Up
User education is everything. Every user should be told to exercise extra caution when opening emails and what exactly phishing emails are, what they look like, how they infect the system etc. Hunt for a proven anti-spam program or service boasting exceptional filtering capabilities which sniff out phishing emails.
The beauty of it all (from a hacker’s perspective) is that malware gets installed on your PC going undetected. It could get installed simply when you’re surfing the internet or checking your email. Once installed, it hibernates in your system until you start entering passwords – that’s when it attempts to log passwords and observe keystrokes. It reads your email, and can even divert your web browser to pages which are capable of “phishing” personal information.
Use spam filtering and the latest anti-virus definitions to keep viruses and malware at bay. You also need to educate your users about not opening emails coming in from unknown or suspicious-looking sources. Also, users should be careful about what web sites they are browsing. In general, websites that require the use of personal information just to unlock access to content on the page should be avoided, unless of course it’s a well known site where paid content is the norm.
Does the Cloud Help?
Cloud storage is not only inexpensive, it has vastly gained popularity in recent years, particularly catering to small businesses who do not have the means to put sophisticated protection measures in place.
Business-friendly cloud technology [link this up with future-published blog on cloud]is based on an architecture that already has stiff security measures implemented – backup, encryption, patching, regular updates and sturdy firewalls which offer protection against DNS attacks, for example.
Since the price point is relatively low, small businesses can enjoy a high level of security. The great thing is since the infrastructure is being overseen and maintained by the provider with regular patches and updates, businesses can stop worrying about attacks and focus all their energy and resources on their mission objectives.
These cloud hosting services include a security protocol that filters web content to prevent malware from creeping into your infrastructure. This prevents phishing or attacks from even coming within close proximity of your network.
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