Cybersecurity is all about protecting your I.T. systems, networks, and programmes from cyber attacks and preventing insiders or external attackers from accessing, changing, stealing or even destroying your sensitive information and thereby interrupting your normal business processes.
Implementing effective cybersecurity measures is particularly challenging today because there are more devices than ever being used within businesses and attackers are becoming more and more innovative.
This means that businesses are required to take an approach to cybersecurity with multiple layers of protection spread across the computers, networks, programmes and data that you use in your business. People, processes, and technology are what ensure that you and your business remain secure.
To quote Anne Robinson, “you are the weakest link”. People are the highest risk in any security system.
Every time one of your users decides to click on an unfamiliar link or open a suspicious email attachment, your business could be facing massive data loss and significant disruption to your business.
And even though most IT professionals know how to stay safe online, most ordinary users are unsure, or simply don’t know.
Your I.T. users need to understand and apply basic data security principles including choosing strong passwords, being wary of links and attachments in email, and backing up data.
All of your processes need to incorporate sound data security principles, particularly in relation to backing up data.
Technology is essential to giving you the tools you need to protect your business from cyber attacks.
You need to protect all your devices including computers, smart phones and other devices, and routers; networks; and the cloud.
Which means next-generation firewalls, DNS filtering, malware protection, antivirus software, and email security solutions.
What are the main types of cybersecurity threats to be aware of?
Phishing is the practice of sending fraudulent emails that resemble emails from reputable sources. The aim is to steal sensitive data like credit card numbers and login information. It’s the most common type of cyber attack. You can help protect yourself through education and a technology solution that filters malicious emails.
Ransomware is a type of malicious software. It is designed to extort money by blocking access to files or the computer system until the ransom is paid. Paying the ransom does not guarantee that the files will be recovered or the system restored. You can help protect yourself through education and a technology solution that blocks ransomware.
Malware is a type of software designed to gain unauthorized access or to cause damage to a computer. You can help protect yourself through education and a technology solution that blocks malware.