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CYBER SECURITY: technologies, processes and practices designed to protect networks, computers, programs and data from attack, damage or unauthorized access.
For today’s companies, falling victim to one of these attacks is no longer a question of “if” but “when.”
Cyber crime is growing at a rapid rate and businesses are increasingly targeted. According to the National Small Business Association, 44% of small businesses have been the victim of a cyber attack and the number of breaches reporter per year continues to climb. A recent Juniper Research study estimates that cyber crime will cost businesses $2.1 trillion globally by 2019, increasing by almost 4X the cost of breaches in 2015.
Is your business protected? 5 Types of Social Engineering Scams to Know:
Phishing: is the leading tactic leveraged by today’s ransomware hackers, typically delivered in the form of an email, chat, web ad or website designed to impersonate a real system and organization. Often crafted to deliver a sense of urgency and importance, the message within these emails often appears to be from the government or a major corporation and can include logos and branding.
Baiting: similar to phishing, baiting involves offering something enticing to an end user in exchange for private data. The “bait” comes in many forms, both digital, such as a music or movie download, and physical, such as a branded flash drive labeled “Executive Salary Summary Q3 2016” that is left out on a desk for an end user to find. Once the bait is taken, malicious software is delivered directly into the victim’s computer.
Quid Pro Quo: similar to baiting, quid pro quo involves a request for the exchange of private data but for a service. For example, an employee might receive a phone call from the hacker posed as a technology expert offering free IT assistance in exchange for login credentials.
Pretexting: is when a hacker creates a false sense of trust between themselves and the end user by impersonating a co-worker or a figure of authority within the company in order to gain access to private data. For example, a hacker may send an email or a chat message posing as the head of IT Support who needs private data in order to comply with a corporate audit (that isn’t real).
Tailgating: is when an unauthorized person physically follows an employee into a restricted corporate area or system. The most common example of this is when a hacker calls out to an employee to hold a door open for them as they’ve forgotten their RFID card. Another example of tailgating is when a hacker asks an employee to “borrow” a private laptop for a few minutes, during which the criminal is able to quickly steal data or install malicious software.
Deploying products that can protect you from Cybersecurity attacks
System Wide protection with product like Umbrella / openDNS from Cisco
Robust Antivirus like Webroot
Continuous malware protection
Proper management of your Intrusion Detection and Intrusion Prevention Systems (IDS/IPS) by deploying hardware/software such as SONICWALL to achieve another layer of powerful security.
Proper Backups and Disaster Recovery in proper sizing of a device and proper planning
Developing a robust, multi-layered cybersecurity strategy can save a business. Ongoing employee education and security technology will boost your front line of defense and dramatically decrease the likelihood of any breaches. Lastly, a solid, reliable backup and recovery solution is the second and most essential layer of defense, allowing businesses to quickly recover unscathed should things turn ugly!