Every once in a while, high-profile data breach incidents that involve big businesses have been on the news and in the past two years, a number has already been featured. While it seems to appear that hackers are targeting bigwig businesses, it is not the only thing that is happening in the real world. Hackers do not only target large profitable organizations, but small entities as well. As unfortunate as it could be, these small businesses do not have the resources that big corporations have.
An Internet threat report stated in its findings that 82 percent of data loss or security breaches on small businesses could have been stopped if the business has implemented modest business security systems in its computer system. This also means that small businesses do not need to spend too much funds and resources for its cyber security.
In relation to this, the Cyber Security Alliance, who is working hand-in-hand with Small Business Administration, National Institute for Standards and Technology, Microsoft, and AOL have been taking notes of the top five threats that businesses, both big and small, could encounter on the Internet. While this threats sound fatal, there are effective countermeasures that can protect a business’ system.
The top threats to watch out for are:
Malicious Code. This is where the anti-virus programs, anti-spyware software, and firewalls come into the system. An organization just has to make sure that they are up-to-date with their security patches. There will be instances, where security program developers put up an update so that clients can download and make use of it instantly.
Stolen/Lost Laptop or Mobile Device. Data encryption programs are important for sensitive data. When data encryption software is installed, this can make the information useless to others. It will save definitely save businesses from tremendous headaches in the future.
Spear Phishing. The company and its employees should be aware of such a ploy. An email asking for important company information has always been not what they seem to be. These emails look very normal; they might even look authentic, but once an employee replies to the email and gives out sensitive information, the possibility of damage could be unmanageable. Nobody will simply ask for an administrator’s password; therefore, instruct personnel to confirm the email by simply picking up the phone and attempt to talk with the department that supposedly sent the email.
Unsecured Wireless Internet Networks. Companies should try to setup and make sure that there is secure wireless network. Use WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access) encryption at least, and change the default password of the wireless network. A stranger lurking around the network is more likely to steal important information.
Insider/Disgruntled Employee Threat. If it is possible, dividing or compartmentalizing sensitive and critical functions and responsibilities within the business or organization is recommended. This will limit the possibility of letting an individual sabotage or create fraud to a business.
In order to protect your system from hackers, you should first understand how internet threats work. By being aware of how they can attack a system will help you develop comprehensive business security systems to be able to evade those threats, at the same time, save some of the much needed resources.