A data breach can be the largest single risk for a business, and it’s now not a matter of whether your company will be attacked, but when. According to an article on CSO Online,† 97% of companies say they have been victims of a cyber attack. The danger is present through the Internet, and precautions should be taken.
Who Are These Hackers?
Organized crime groups, often located outside the US, are constantly trying new ways to access your data. There can also be attacks from competitors, personal nemesis, social media hackers or random actors who just want to cause chaos.
What Do They Want?
They may be after company information — intellectual property, insider information, financial data, or confidential business materials. Personal data is rising in value, and they may be mining your employees’ and customers’ information for credit card or health insurance fraud purposes. A new threat, ransomware, locks your computer or servers and network, until a payment has been made to unlock the devices, and is becoming very common.
How Do They Get In?
Most often, the adversary will attempt to get in through an email. It can be via an attachment that gets clicked by an unsuspecting employee, or a link to a website with a name cleverly similar to a legitimate website. A stolen computer password is another way that information is accessed.
The new wireless devices that connect to your network may have security flaws that can be exploited, too. There are less common methods used as well, such as fileless attacks and also vulnerabilities of cloud-based services that you use.
What Do Hackers Attack Once They're In?
Once into the network, the virus that’s released can attack your applications or firmware, and your servers and computers that lack the proper protections.
What Can You Do?
Preparedness is key. Have a security policy in place that defines a prevention strategy to determine exactly what documents need to be protected (and to what level), and how. Responsibilities for implementation and enforcement, audit and review, should be specified, as well as for employees and management in general. Also, plan for what steps are to be followed after an intrusion detection.
Employees are often your first line of defense. Education is extremely important, and there are many canned presentations you can use. When tricks used to get them to do what the hackers want, and the impact this has on the business is understood, employees become more cautious, and know to alert IT to a suspicious email before clicking the suspicious link or attachment.
Protect your network. Firewalls and up to date antivirus software and operating systems are the first step in protecting your equipment and the data held within.
Have a layered defense strategy for detection. No one type of protection is enough to detect an intrusion. The entire system should be monitored continually for malicious activity, and fine-tuned every time a new type of threat is developed.
There is a shortage of IT security professionals with the knowledge needed to adequately protect an organization from hackers. For companies without the in-house expertise to set up, monitor and maintain a security system, INNOVEX can perform a security assessment, uncover vulnerabilities, and recommend improvements. Our IT security engineers can then install any equipment and software needed, and will subsequently monitor your systems remotely, detecting and neutralizing attacks against your devices and your data.
Call INNOVEX to speak with an IT security analyst to start the process.