Why security should be the number one priority for every company
We all know about antivirus software, and how it keeps us safe when we decide to go online. We rely on it as a form of security that protects our businesses from outside threats.
But what about the other areas of security that have the potential to derail your company?
With the ongoing digital transformation of the workforce, there’s uncertainty about what it really means to be secure. Many modern businesses don’t know what security threats to look out for, and how to counteract them in order to keep their systems and data safe.
And they need to know.
After all, no one wants to have to tell a customer their sensitive data’s been breached.
These days, security’s about more than just anti-virus – here are six reasons why security should be the number one priority for your business.
Data breaches and system safety
It’s a frightful phrase for any business to hear.
Nowadays we’re regularly seeing companies of all sizes fall victim to data breaches – often due to lacklustre IT security protocols and systems. Here’s a real-world example of a data breach that occurred due to poor security.
You’ve definitely heard of Facebook, but it’s possible you didn’t hear about the 540 million Facebook user records that were compromised in 2019. This was one of several Facebook security incidents that have occurred over the years and, in this specific attack, account names, user IDs, comments and reactions were publicly exposed for the world to see.
That’s pretty unsettling. Even more so is the fact data breaches have grown by 67% over the past five years alone.
Unfortunately, businesses often grow complacent with their security – leaving their systems vulnerable and open to attack.
If this doesn’t make you think about the strength of your own systems, it should.
It pays to be protected. We provide policy review, penetration and vulnerability testing and patch statuses to safeguard your business from increasingly dangerous threats to your business.
Malware, ransomware, phishing and more
The use of malware, ransomware, phishing and everything in-between has sadly become a pretty frequent occurrence these days.
But only large companies with high profit-margins are targeted by these schemes, right?
Many businesses believe if they’re not one of the top companies in the world, they’re simply not worth a threat actor’s time. This is a common myth, and it’s just one reason why these businesses are actually the perfect target.
No matter the size of your business, you’re at risk. In fact, a business was a victim of a ransomware attack every 40 seconds in 2018 – and that figure is now predicted to skyrocket to every 11 seconds by 2021.
This isn’t just confined to ransomware, however, recent studies have discovered that 9 out of 10 successful cyber-attacks are the result of a phishing email.
So how do you stop this from occurring?
Strong security systems and protocols can mean the difference between a catastrophic attack and your data staying safe.
With the prevalence of malware, ransomware and phishing, there is a strong need to ensure that your systems are running at their peak at all times. Phishing testing, firewall reviews and vulnerability testing are just some of the ways we can help you overcome the challenges associated with these threats.
Is your cloud security as strong as it should be?
The cloud is one of the most misunderstood and fantastically powerful pieces of technology we’ve ever seen.
It’s become such a big part of the way we work, we now use the cloud for anything and everything – from collaboration to innovation, it’s all stored in the cloud.
Being the preferred way to store files, it also means we’re uploading more confidential information than ever before. It’s estimated that 18.1% of files uploaded to cloud-based collaboration services contain sensitive data – but when it comes to the security and privacy requirements of this data, only 8.1% of businesses meet the strict guidelines and regulations defined by McAfee. This leaves sensitive information unguarded – and easily able to fall into the wrong hands if not properly secured.
With this knowledge in mind, ask yourself again: is your cloud security as strong as it should be?
If the answer is a no or you’re not 100% sure, then you’re at risk. We help you with cloud data, cloud apps and backup in order to bring security to your business and your systems – with reliability and efficiency.
Data compliance and governance
Over the years, data privacy and security has become a hot-topic among businesses and government bodies alike.
Australian data privacy regulations are hugely important for any business to consider, as they’re something that can’t be pushed to the back of the to-do list – they must be adhered to. The consequences can be costly and potentially devastating to your business if not.
One such example occurred in early 2019, when Google was fined $57 million USD for its failure to comply with General Data Protection Regulations for its Android users.
No one wants to end up being accused of a lack of transparency, like Google did.
Some questions you might want to consider include:
- Where’s your data stored, and is it securely stored?
- How long do you keep any data you collect?
- How do you de-identify any of this data?
This is only the tip of the iceberg, and there’s much more that can be done to ensure you stay compliant at all times.
Do you know if you’re compliant with Australian data privacy regulations? Whenever we do work for your business, you can rest assured in the fact that we go above and beyond with all cyber security policies and laws, including the essential eight. We also will do a policy review in order to confirm that you are always compliant.
Internal BYOD and mobile devices
In our modern society we have the freedom and flexibility to work on almost any device – anytime, anywhere.
And businesses are seeing the benefits.
67% of employees now use their own personal devices at work – utilising apps, programs, files and more to inspire innovation and productivity in the workplace.
It’s a blessing that can quickly become a curse.
Without proper security protocols in place and clear management over BYOD and mobile devices, it’s unfortunately easy to fall prey to data loss, device infection, compliance issues and stolen devices.
And every employee that connects to your networks and uses corporate apps raises the risk to your business. This means it’s now more important than ever that your business is a secure workplace that can cover the weakest link in the security chain.
We understand that workplaces are changing, and we want to be there to help. Mobile device management, remote device management and advice logs are just some of the services that we offer in order to help your business become more secure, without losing out on productivity.
Passwords and management
You wouldn’t leave your front door open with a sign that read “come on in” to complete strangers, would you?
Well that’s exactly what poor passwords are to hackers.
A poor password is an easily guessed or compromised password. You may have heard of people using qwerty, password (yes, the word password is used as a password) and 12345 – all of these are frequently used even today, and they continue to put businesses at risk.
Studies show that 80% of breaches are the result of poor password hygiene – and not requiring a password change regularly may also lead to a security breach.
Passwords are the front line of defence for your computer and wider IT systems, and in an ever-shifting technological landscape we simply cannot afford to let our guard down.
Strong policies and testing are a foundation that allows your business to stay safe and combat these changes.
Two factor authentication (2FA) is another important brick in the wall that is your security, and it should be treated as such. 2FA requires something else besides just your password to log into an account or your systems. This means that if your password is compromised, the hacker cannot gain access to your account. Having an extra layer of security keeps your data safe and the threat actors out.
Don’t become a statistic.
Policy review and vulnerability testing are examples of how to develop a strong foundation for your passwords.
We can help you every step of the way, so that you know that your business is prepared for anything.
Your trusted security expert
InfoTech Solutions is a long-established IT firm that specialises in providing comprehensive security services to companies just like yours.
For every potential security issue, we have the solution.
- Data breaches: policy review, penetration testing, vulnerability testing, patch status
- Malware etc: phishing testing, firewall review
- Cloud: Cloud data, Cloud apps, backup
- Governance: Policy review
- Mobile devices: mobile device management, remote device management, device logs
- Passwords: policy review, vulnerability testing
If you’re looking for a security solution that works with the goals and needs of your business, then contact us today.