These days, the security of various IT systems is constantly being called into question. From attacks on mobile devices to ever-increasing types of malware, many businesses are struggling to stay on top of their security. One of the best ways to stay protected is to be aware of common cybersecurity issues.
A data breach can happen to anyone, even to the most secure businesses or financial institutions — and cybercriminals could even attack your company’s network. How can you be sure your network is completely hacker-safe? As a business owner, you can’t afford a data breach, as it could cost you your clients and reputation.
When you have several money-saving options like cloud computing and managed services providers, you shouldn’t worry about IT spending. To further reduce costs, trade in your expensive desktops for thin and zero clients. What are thin and zero clients? Thin clients are stripped-down computers with minimum processing power and memory.
No company is completely safe from data breaches. For proof, look no further than companies like Yahoo, AOL, and Home Depot, which compromised millions of personal customer information. That said, no business is completely helpless, either. The following steps can minimize the risks to your business in the event of a large-scale data breach.
“If we had just kept our systems patched, the malware wouldn’t have been a problem.” After every major breach you usually hear those words echoed across news media. You might even pause for a moment and tell yourself that if the victims had just patched their systems, they would have been protected.
Back in 2017, Equifax, one of the three major credit bureaus in the US, made a major security blunder that leaked millions of sensitive information, including Social Security numbers, addresses, driver’s license numbers, and credit card details. The company estimated that the data of 145.5 million people (almost half the US population) were exposed.
According to experts, passwords shouldn’t be the only way you defend your accounts. After all, hackers have plenty of tricks and tools to steal them. So to help businesses fully understand the risks involved, Google conducted a study on the causes of account hijacking.
No business owner wants their customers’ data leaked, but no matter how well your prevention plan is, the unexpected can happen. And when it does, what will determine the fate of your business is how well you respond to it. So before you start planning an incident response, read the following story and recite this: […]
While there are a number of ways to err during the course of responding to an incident, it never seems to fail that the number one misstep I have continued to see comes down to internal communications among those working on the incident and communications to stakeholders.
Last week the public learned of a data breach of massive proportion from Equifax. A reported 143 million accounts of everyday people in the USA was hacked. Data, including various elements of personal information, was accessed by unauthorized parties, with the company becoming aware of the break-in sometime in late July 2017. If this were the first widespread data breach that affected the US public, it would be concerning.