WHO is Endangering Your Business Data? (And How do you Protect Information?)

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Your sensitive business information is pivotal to running a successful business. Do you have proper security measures in place? Hackers can steal data easily – they’re experts! Please don’t allow them to put you out of business.
At the moment, Cybercriminals might not be the biggest risk for companies in our local area of Burnley. Spiralling costs are a concern for every local company throughout Lancashire and beyond. However, please do take a look at the threat from hackers. They have many carefully crafted ways to gain access to your money and accounts. They can take over critical software if you let them. They disrupt businesses and may prevent you from working with your customers.
Many organisations fall victim to hacks. Here at Cirrus IT Services, we understand why small and medium businesses seem to be particularly at risk.

So why?

All too often, business owners don’t address cybersecurity fully. Integrating digital security into their company from launch might be seen as non-essential. Sometimes, IT service providers are hired without much thought. Some tech-savvy people don’t guard themselves against online attackers. Therefore hackers generally regard small to medium-sized companies as low-risk targets.
Can you risk going under due to the loss of sensitive data? Is it a risk that you are prepared to take?
To help, continue to read this introduction to the potential hacks so that you can start to protect your business.

WHO ARE USING THE TOP HACKING THREATS?

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HACKERS WHO WANT PERSONAL INFORMATION

Personal information hackers target the information about your customers and staff. This also includes birthdays, financial details and national security numbers.
National security numbers seem to be the most valuable asset. Cybercriminals can use them to open new accounts, and make significant identity theft breaches such as claiming benefits. Financial data – such as bank account details – can be used to commit fraud. When your customer or staff member becomes a victim of crime, it’s their relationship with you that starts to suffer.

HACKERS WHO WANT ACCESS TO YOUR DATA SERVERS

Data storage servers are expensive – and hackers want to use yours!
Hackers cut their costs by storing their data and applications on your server infrastructure. Cybercriminals are likely to target good equipment infrastructures. The resulting strains on network limits has devastating effects on businesses ability to work efficiently.
As tech companies are common victims of this subtle attack, choose your IT services company wisely.
The digital infrastructure that frequently runs out of storage, or suffers slowdowns may have unknown devices on their network.

HACKERS WHO WANT YOUR CONFIDENTIAL DETAILS

If your business is growing, your products and services likely make you stand out from your competition. When you know how to engage your target audience, you want to think carefully about how you protect your confidential business details.
Imagine a hacker gains access to new deals and steals upcoming business relationships or products before you launch or submit a patent. When hackers offer your competitors your trade secrets, will they tell you? They may obtain information to undercut your sales without your knowledge.

HACKERS WHO TARGET ACCOUNT DATA

Are you sure that your employee accounts are secure?
Hackers who use scams to gain information that disrupts your operations are likely to try to use an employee account.
For example, losing the login details of key staff can be devastating. Using management login details and accounts provides access to emails and systems to impersonate, request information, target employees, target customers and ruin your business credibility.
Data breaches lead to a lack of confidence in your reputation.

NETWORK CONTROLLERS

Some savvy hackers don’t want data. To launch a ransomware attack, they become full network controllers.
Access to the entire network allows them to lock your systems, making data inaccessible. The ransom demands start to arrive. Ransomware gains access typically through spam emails, and clickable advertisements online.
A ransom amount of £20,000 might be bad enough, but business disruption that brings your sales channels down is usually much more significant.

HOW DO YOU PROTECT YOUR BUSINESS?

So, given the many different threats – how do you protect your business data, networks, systems and infrastructure?

INVEST IN SECURITY MEASURES

Avoid the mistake of thinking that you can’t afford cybersecurity measures. Allocate enough to set up your most solid defences. Investing in reliable IT Services helps you out.
This way, your business data, networks, systems, and infrastructure is more secure.

TRAINING YOUR TEAM

Security systems do have weaknesses, but employees who don’t know the risks pose the biggest threat.
There are threats in the office and at home. Every phone or laptop used for work can be weak and a point of entry for a hacker. All managers should know about the risks to ensure their staff follows security measures.
Introduce your employees to the best practice. Talk about the steps necessary within your company and how they deter cybercriminals. Consider making security education and training a monthly activity as a reminder.
Suppose you want an example of one way to promote a healthy security culture. We offer more information for you here: https://www.cirrusits.co.uk/human-risk/

ADD AUTHENTICATION

A two-factor authentication is a valuable tool you can use to fend off a hacking scam.
Each user must verify their identity before accessing your systems. Using it on business-related accounts reduces the chances of cybercrime.
Encouraging your team members to authenticate personal accounts at home gets them used to how it works. Anything that helps them to follow appropriate security measures is good. Try to keep up the conversation about reducing the risk of data, network and hardware breaches.

LEVERAGE SOFTWARE

Without antivirus software, your business is open to hacking attack.
Leverage software by making sure that it is up to date. You can consider trusted antivirus software corporate/business versions from Bitdefender, Norton, McAfee or Total AV.
Every machine used to access work systems should rely on antivirus software. Failing to run regular antivirus scans leaves your systems open to virus infection.

PERFORM SECURITY CHECKS

Antivirus software is good, and adding a manual scan to your procedures is even better. Check your systems optimal cybersecurity by checking who has accessed your network. Make sure that each point of access is authorised. Don’t ignore the red flags or gut instinct.

STAY SYSTEMS SAFE

Here at Cirrus IT Services we believe in making cybersecurity a part of all digital business processes. Small businesses in Lancashire UK might think that it’s an unnecessary overhead, but scammers know who to target. Put a plan in place to help avoid losing your money, your data, or your business reputation.
A single bulletproof solution would be ideal, however adopting the right tactics is a sound starting point.

Contact us at Cirrus IT Services if you want to discuss your cybersecurity in greater detail and pinpoint potential risks. We can arrange a quick, non-sales chat and figure out ways to help you.

 

This blog article by Cirrus IT Service is adapted with permission from The Technology Press.

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