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CyberSecurity Awareness

There are 5 (main) reasons you should have a Cybersecurity Strategy, here they are...

I've seen lots of these articles circulating about why businesses should have a cybersecurity strategy, after all, it is cybersecurity month and you really can't go a day without the news talking about a breach (a softer word for something getting hacked) of some company with thousands if not millions of users data exposed. Facebook. Google. These companies should have the absolute BEST cybersecurity policies, right?

You can't control what they do to secure your data, but you can control what your business does to secure data, and having a cybersecurity strategy is the responsible thing to do. Whether its written, digital, involves locking down systems or just using common sense (it should be all of the above). Get it together fast, as its just a matter of time before you experience a cybersecurity incident.

Here are 5 of the many reasons why it is imperative that your business have a cybersecurity strategy:

Cryptoviruses and Ransomware

Hacking is a global business. According to an MIT Technology Review, hackers stole $172 Billion from people in 2017. Hackers are smart people with criminal intent. That's a bad combination.
If you haven't heard of Crypto or Ransomware, it typically enters the organization through a back door, such as your network with a port opened to the internet, or sometimes propogates via email through a phishing link or embedded macro. Once inside your network, within a matter of minutes, it will encrypt all of your business data, making it completely unusable. Completely. Your only option is to completely wipe the infected systems, workstations and servers, and restore your data from backup (if you have one, and hopefully, its stored offsite).

Social Engineering

This is the practice of deception and manipulation of people by using communications and connections that they are familiar with to convince them commit malicious activity.
Example1:  An employee gets an email that appears to be from their boss asking them to immediately wire funds to a bank account and will provide an explanation later. The employee does it because they are following the boss's orders.
Example2:  An employee receives an email from what appears to be a known vendor they work with, asking to fill out an attached form with their ACH or Credit Card information for payment of future invoices. The employee completes the form and sends it back. Oops, too late.  If that form has ACH information, be ready for your business account to have a Zero balance.

These are very common and if you haven't seen this already, its just a matter of time before you will.

Data Protection

Your customer data is your livelihood. Imagine if your competitors received a copy of all of the data for your customers, or even worse, what if a hacker contacted your customers and explained to them that they have hacked your corporate information systems and obtained their credit card data. Most commonly, they don't bother to warn your customers, they just start using the information to commit fraudulent transactions. The financial impact and loss associated with an incident like this could be catastrophic to your business.

Money (Yours)

These types of cybersecurity incidents are expensive to correct. Typically, these recovery services aren't covered under your normal network support agreement. The best way to prevent an incident is to have a good defense.  Don't let it happen to  you, and if it does, make sure you have taken the appropriate steps and prepared your organization to contain it. There are many ways that you can prepare for the inevitable, its like being prepared for a natural disaster, you are much better off if you have a written plan and communicate it with your team.

Business Continuity

This should be somewhat obvious by now, but you can imagine what kind of impact these events could have to your business. You can experience several days of downtime as a result of a cybersecurity incident like any of the described above, and these are just a few of them that are happening as you are reading this. Cybersecurity really is an example of an area of your business that you need to "Plan for the worst, and hope for the best". You can augment that "hope" with best practices, staff training, and good IT preparation.

Schedule your no cost, no obligation Cybersecurity Assessment for your business network today by contacting us at 866-957-9077 or completing the form using the link below.