Securing your company against Cyber Threats

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Cyberthreats to your business are usually blamed on outsiders— programmers writing programs designed to steal your corporate intelligence, confidential information and financial data.

Sometimes, the threat actually originates from within your walls, when employees’ lack of knowledge or even slack attitude and negligence opens the door for cybercriminals. It’s important to train employees about what is expected of them regarding company security before you suffer a data breach. Don’t wait to react.

Create a system that assumes you’ll be compromised, and then help employees learn what they should do (and not do) to keep your business safe.  Explain the potential consequences that a cyber incident could have on your organization’s operations (and their jobs), and spell out employee obligations, particularly with the use of mobile devices.

In a recent survey, 94% of companies reported experiencing some form of external threat. You need your I.T provider to install a strong firewall perimeter to block intrusions and malicious programs and a properly configured antivirus system.  These need to be constantly monitored.

You best safety net to recover your data after a loss is a robust and verifiable data backup to at least two places or devices with at least one of these off-site.

Malicious spam, viruses, worms, spyware, phishing attacks, network intrusions and Ransomeware attacks are all hot topics in the news these days. You might be surprised to learn that all of these threats combined do not add up to the number of data breaches that are directly tied to stolen or compromised phones, tablets and laptops containing valuable company and personal information.

Theft and compromise of mobile devices without any encryption, strong passwords or auto-data wipe policy (after 5-10 unsuccessful password attempts) leads to serious data breaches thousands of time a day worldwide. Combined with credit card theft and the identity theft that often follows, the items in our pockets that provide us with so much convenience also provide the cyber criminal community with an estimated $300-500 Billion theft from our global economy annually.

There are effective and proven procedures for securing business networks and mobile devices. Your company needs to engage an I.T. Consulting firm that can implement and monitor a comprehensive security system.

 

Hooks Systems