In an ever-increasing digital world, the safety of your business online is becoming more and more important. Unfortunately, we are working in a world where hackers are highly active, trying to access important information or acquire money from your business. If businesses are not careful they potentially leave themselves vulnerable to dangerous cyber-attacks.
What is cyber security?
A successful cyber security approach has multiple layers of protection spread across the computers, networks, programs, or data that is intended to keep your business safe. In a business or organisation it requires a lot of effort to prevent a cyber-attack, the processes and technology must all complement one another to create an effective defence from cyber-attacks as well as effective staff training.
Why is cyber security important?
In today’s digital world, every business requires an effective cyber defence programs. A cyber security attack can result in anything from identity theft, to extortion attempts, to the loss of important financial and client data. Securing your businesses personal data is essential to keeping your business successfully functioning.
We are now very much more aware that cyber security is something that we can no longer afford to ignore. Cyber crimes are now a wide spread threat that most people are aware of and something that every business or individual needs to act upon.
Types of cyber security threats
Unfortunately, there’s not just one form of cyber security threat out there, hackers are increasingly becoming more and more intelligent and have developed different methods for accessing your confidential data and finances. Here’s 4 of the most common cyber security threats to look out for:
Ransomware – 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.
Malware – Malware is a type of software designed to gain unauthorized access or to cause damage to a computer.
Social engineering – Social engineering is a tactic that adversaries use to trick you into revealing sensitive information. They can solicit a monetary payment or gain access to your confidential data. Social engineering can be combined with any of the threats listed above to make you more likely to click on links, download malware, or trust a malicious source.
Phishing – 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 or a technology solution that filters malicious emails.
Recent statistics have suggested that the average cost of a data breach at a larger firm is £20,000. But this actually underestimates the real expense of an attack against a company. It is not just the financial damage suffered by the business or the cost of remediation; a data breach can also inflict untold reputational damage.
Cyber Essentials is a government initiative which helps businesses ensure they are adequately protected against cyber threats. As an authorised provider, we can help resellers to secure their end-user customers IT network and prepare for pending attacks. Ask us today about Cyber Essentials.