Christopher Lentz | May 14, 2017 11:27 PM
Cyber crime is on a major rise. It currently sits at $3 Trillion dollars worldwide but the cybersecurity community forecasts that this number will more than double by 2021. After this latest cyber attack, that mostly affected European users, we thought we would take a moment to touch on a few of the reasons that these 200,000 people had their networks and/or computers comprimised.
According to a report published by Invincea in 2016, an issue that IT network and security professionals regularly face in dealing with these kinds of threats is its companies employees. Despite the rise in cyber crimes, many companies fail to properly train their employees on even the most common tactics used by these criminals to exploit systems. As a result, users happily click on an unsuspecting link that looks like their banks URL or some other important file from the "IRS" without verifying its authenticity first. Once the link has been clicked, its game over! So how do we fix this? We take the time and money out of our budgets to bring in a cyber security specialist to properly train employees on the tactics used in modern cyber attacks. Better education equals better awareness which turns into fewer systems being hijacked.
I'm just going to come out and give it to you straight, you are cheap! So many companies rely on the very minimum when it comes to securing their thousand dollar pieces of hardware that are storing tens of thousands of dollars worth of customer and product/service data. Small businesses believe they have nothing worth protecting because they are small, large businesses believe their basic router/firewall will stop all of the threats. The truth is that more than 43% of cyber attacks specifically target small businesses and of those businesses that are attacked 60% of them never open their doors again! If that is not a wake up call, I don't know what is. The fix is easy here as well, when your IT company offers you to upgrade to a full security package that includes anti-virus, anti-malware, and other protection...BUY IT!
Let's say that you are one of the few companies that took all the right steps to protect yourself and the assets of your business, yet somehow manage to still be hijacked through a phishing email that an employee clicked on. These days, once the threat is on the system it might not be coming off so easily. Though most security software does a decent job prevent drive-by downloads and most known phishing scams, zero-day threats are usually not covered. So what do you do when you get a single user whose machine has been compromised? This is where the professional help of a network security specialist would come into play. These individuals are typically highly skilled, certified technical consultants that can be brought in to asses the threat and help you take appropriate actions to contain the threat so it doesn't spread to your other machines or servers.
It is a rough world out there and you need to protect your business any way that you can to whatever capacity you can safely afford. These are just a few of the many steps you can take to help avoid a cyber threat taking over your network. For more articles on this subject click the Security category down below!