When we leave work in the evening, we lock the office up and do a final security check, lock the doors, and think the office is safe. But although the threats to the building can be physical in terms of unusual weather conditions such as a freak storm, the threats to your business are also hidden from view.
When we think of the physical equipment we have in and out of the office, ask yourself how many devices are IP connected? Your laptops, mobile phones, radios, maybe your desk phones…Every communication device is vulnerable to a cyber attack from hackers. Cyber security is frequently in the news.
Hackers are staying one step ahead of the game, particularly by installing more sophisticated and malicious software to steal sensitive documents. Hackers regularly call up organisations and try to convince employees during a phone call, to reveal password details, then quickly gain trust and access to the employees’ computer system.
There have been a recent series of bold cyber security attacks on high-profile targets, which shows there is a willingness to use disruptive and destructive measures to seriously harm organisations.
In news from the U.S., hackers used internet-connected home devices, such as CCTV cameras and printers, to attack popular websites on Friday. Twitter, Spotify, and Reddit were among the sites taken offline on Friday. Each uses a company called Dyn, which was the target of the attack, to direct users to its website. It has emerged that the BBC’s website was also briefly caught up in a recent attack.
The U.K. Government announces £1.9 billion to be spent on cyber security. A Cyber Committee is being formed to tackle the threats the U.K. faces. However, Internet security is the responsibility of us and is more than just an anti-virus programme.
The damage which can be quickly done to your network is immeasurable. It’s the sort of thing lots of us would rather not think about. However, it is a real threat to any business and is high on any business owner’s agenda.
Don’t just think about your physical office. Work forces are increasingly mobile. Access to mobiles is changing and organisations continue to lose more and more control over how and where information is used.
Internet security is much more than just an anti-virus system – there are a variety of activities that can seem more annoying than dangerous, but can affect productivity and compromise data security.
How can iCS Communications help with Cyber Security:
We offer a complete security audit of your email system, servers, network and computers, and then recommend the best setup for your business. The audit is completely free if you proceed with our recommendations.