In the wake of recent cyber-attacks across the globe, we’ve decided to take a closer look at what this actually means and how you could protect your business from any future attacks.

What is Cyber Security?

Cyber-security is defined as the protection of systems, networks and data in cyberspace, it is a critical issue for all businesses. That means that, cyber-security will become more relevant to your business the more devices you have connected to the internet.


Types of cyber risks for your business

Viruses
  • Aim: Gain access to, steal, modify and/or corrupt information and files from a targeted computer system.
    Technique: A virus is a small piece of code that can replicate itself and spreads from one computer to another by attaching itself to another file.
Worms
  • Aim: Exploit weaknesses in operating systems to damage networks and deliver payloads that allow remote control of the infected computer.
    Technique: Worms are self-replicating and do not require a program to attach themselves to. Worms continually look for vulnerabilities and report back to the worm author when weaknesses are discovered.
Spyware/adware
  • Aim: Take control of your computer and/or collect personal information without your knowledge.
    Technique: Spyware/adware can be installed on your computer when you open attachments, click on links or download infected software.
Trojans
  • Aim: Create a ‘backdoor’ on your computer by which information can be stolen and damage caused.
    Technique: A Trojan virus is a program that appears to perform one function (for example, virus removal) but actually performs malicious activity when executed.


How can you prevent cyber-attacks?

 

 Know the risks
  • Properly protecting your company from a cyber-attack starts with a well-rounded understanding of the internal and external vulnerabilities your business faces when it comes to a hacker.
Encrypt data
  • Keep your information safe by turning to full-disk encryption tools which come standard with most operating systems on. Switching the encryptions of these devices on shouldn’t take more than a minute and will encrypt every file on your drive without slowing it down.
Be sure that your hardware is secured
  • One major thing to be aware of is, not at all cyber-attacks come through a computer system. It’s an obvious truth, but the fact that most cyber-attacks occur when physical electronic equipment is stolen is one that is often overlooked. To make sure that no one walks away with loads of information stored on your office computers make sure your systems are physically locked down.
Embrace security as part of your company culture
  • You can’t be the only one taking measures to keep your company’s and customers’ information safe. Make sure that your employees are aware of the ways in which they themselves can put the company at risk. To keep them aware of possible cyber-attacks, make sure, that your employees know exactly what to keep an eye out for any potential threats and are aware of how to keep information safe.

If you’re still confused, or unsure of what steps to take to protect yourself, just give us a call and one of our experts will be on hand to answer all your questions.