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Why do I need Cybersecurity in place? What happens if I don’t have any?

What happens if I have no Cybersecurity in place?

Having no Cybersecurity in place is like leaving the door to your house wide open when you go out! Look at these common Cybersecurity terms, I’m sure that you are familiar with most:

  • Virus
  • Worm
  • Trojan
  • DDOS
  • Malware
  • Ransomware
  • Phishing
  • Spoofing
  • Credential Harvesting
  • Black Hat
  • Breaches
  • Brute Force
  • Botnet
  • Zero-day Attack
  • Dark Web

These are all Cybersecurity threats and buzzwords that you will hear when dealing with information technology but what do know they all mean?

These are some of the Cybersecurity threats and buzzwords for people, applications and malicious activities utilised by individuals or organised cyber-criminal organisations that are designed to cause damage to your IT infrastructure or reputation, steal personal or corporate information and/or extort money.

In the vast majority of cases, these cybersecurity attacks are completely random, looking for those businesses that have next to nothing or zero cybersecurity measures in place. Although opportunistic, in some cases, these attacks can be targeted against you or your organisation.

How do they get in?

There are various ways this is achieved. In an ever-increasing world of inter-connectivity, we have any number of ways to connect to the internet.  Most of our everyday devices have some form of internet connectivity.  The Internet of Things (IOT), Remote Desktop (RDP), VPN (Virtual Private Network) connections, cloud computing, WIFI, wireless, Bluetooth 3,4 and 5G.  Each of these is a way into your network infrastructure, both at home and in the office.

One of the most common attacks is a phishing attempt. This is where a user receives an email that has a link to a document or webpage that, if clicked on, will install malicious software including viruses, malware, ransomware, and bots, or will redirect the user to a legitimate-looking website where you enter credentials for your bank, email account, and social media accounts. Sadly, the website that you have been redirected to, is fake and is in place to steal from you in some way.

“But I Have antivirus on my computer!”

“Well I have anti-virus installed on my PC, that’s enough”, you say?  Whilst having a good, solid, up to date Antivirus in place is a great step in the right direction, anti-virus does as its name suggests,  it protects you against viruses, unfortunately, It won’t stop any of the other categories of cybercrime listed above.

Let’s give you an extreme example. Imagine you want to meet the Queen. You don’t simply knock on the door to Buckingham Palace and say hello! There are various checks you need to get through to get an audience with the Queen. Background checks, ID checks, physical checks, fencing, barriers, security, armed guards, etc.

IT and cybersecurity should be the same and use a layered approach (sometimes referred to as the security onion – remember Shrek?) with hardware and software designed to mitigate the risk to all of the attack vectors currently being employed by malicious actors. In other words, keep the bad guys out) Each one of the controls listed below acts as a deterrent and combined makes it harder for the actor (baddie) to gain the information being sought. These controls will include (but are not limited to) some or all of the following:

Physical security

  • Fencing
  • CCTV
  • Mantraps
  • Guards
  • Biometric readers
  • Alarms and/or motion detectors
  • Proximity card readers
  • Warning Signs
  • Locked server rooms and/or cabinets

Network security

  • Hardware Intrusion detection and prevention systems (HIPS/HIDS)
  • Hardware firewalls
  • Access control lists (ACL’s)
  • Virtual Local access networks (VLAN’s)

Computer security

  • Host-based firewalls
  • Anti-virus and anti-malware (endpoint protection)
  • Security updates and patching
  • Application updates and patching
  • Anti-spam applications
  • Application control and whitelisting
  • System restore points

User security

  • User credentials and biometrics
  • Multi-factor authentication
  • Security training and awareness
  • Policies and procedures

Cost is usually a major factor in the decision making when it comes to implementing security measures. Even with the most robust IT and cybersecurity measures in place, this cannot make your organisation 100% secure as it’s only as good as your weakest link.

(Often, it’s an employee who accidently “clicks” on a rogue email link by mistake. We have FREE cybersecurity training in place to help with this here).

By layering the security and employing multiple IT and cybersecurity controls, equipment and training staff to recognise potential scams, it can minimise the risk to your data, reputation or even your livelihood.

 


 

Computer Rescue offers a complete range of IT Support and Cyber Security Services, all priced according to your requirements and needs of the business.  All of our IT Support and Cyber Security Services are tailored and bespoke to your individual company and as a result, the pricing will vary depending upon need.

Computer Rescue was set up to prevent Small – Medium business being ripped off with unnecessary IT Support costs and as a company its important that we gain and cultivate our business relationships with our customers and not just their wallet.

Get in touch with us today to find out more about the IT Support and Cyber Security services that we offer and how we may best be of assistance to you.  We can get you started with a FREE IT Network and Cyber Security Assessment to make sure that all of your systems are working as they should be.

Here’s a link to our article: What to expect to pay for IT support and cybersecurity services.

Alternatively, download our FREE E-Book: Switching Your I.T. – 21 Questions to Ask any IT Support Company and find out the answers to the questions that you should be asking before working with any IT Support company.

 

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