Want to know how to stop hackers from stealing your digital information? There are steps you can take. We call the process “Take a Byte Out Of Hacking.” With the right defensive tactics, you can stop hackers in their tracks.
Hacking threats are becoming increasingly destructive. As great as the Internet is, it can bring hackers through the digital doorway of your business. You must ensure every open door is shut and locked.
Who Are These Hackers?
Members of Organized Crime Hacking is a lucrative business, and criminal organizations are profiting from it.
Members from Nation States like Syria, Russia, China, North Korea, etc. They target government institutions, utilities, and businesses to interrupt our country’s operations.
Politically Motivated Hacktivists who function on the dark web and set up attacks against their opponents.
Lone Wolves These are individuals who establish their own “hacking business” to sell and make a profit from stolen data and credentials.
Employees and Contractors Watch for insiders with authorized access to your IT system. They may hack your system to retaliate or steal proprietary information to sell to your competitors.
How Do Hackers Get In?
- Via Hardware and physical access to unsecured workstations and servers. The hacker my simply insert a USB drive that contains malware into one of your devices. If a disgruntled employee extracts data or downloads malicious software onto your computers, this is considered hacking.
- Remote Attacks by tricking your employees into clicking on malicious email attachments or web links.
- Laptops, Tablets, Phones and Other Mobile Devices Hackers are exploiting Androids and iOS systems. They send phishing messages and emails and take advantage of Bluetooth to get into your mobile systems.
- The Cloud If your cloud services aren’t secure, hackers can get in and obtain your administrative credentials. Once they do, the can steal your data and put your entire business at risk.
- The Internet of Things IoT devices that aren’t properly secured, like surveillance cameras, are an entryway to hackers. They can provide a backroad path into your IT system. Hackers are bypassing main devices like computers and servers and jumping from one vulnerable IoT device to the next. They use them to inflict Distributed Denial of Service attacks that cripple IT infrastructures and business operations.
- Employee Error Negligent and uneducated workers who use easy-to-guess passwords and click on malicious links are often the cause of ransomware attacks for small and mid-sized businesses.
How Do You Keep Hackers Out?
Deploy A Comprehensive IT Security Policy Your IT service company can help you develop a security plan that’s customized for your organization. It will detail the steps to take to prevent cyber attacks and what to do if one occurs.
Detect Security Gaps and implement a risk management strategy.
Securely Back up Your Data using encryption techniques, remote and automated backup solutions, and data replication in a secure, cloud-based off-site location.
Protect Your IT Devices and Restrict Physical Access Utilize locking racks, passwords, and other security processes and strategies.
Limit Access To Designated Users Only Use complex passwords, multi-factor authentication processes, and specialized access modes.
Test and Monitor Your Systems To Find Weak Spots Use solutions to monitor and remediate vulnerabilities.
Ask Your IT Service Company To Provide The Following:
- Implement an Acceptable IT Use Policy
- A Unified Threat Management Security Solution
- A Commercial Grade Firewall
- Back up entire images of your IT system
- Spam Filtering
- Content Filtering
- Set up Remote Management and Monitoring Services
- Penetration Testing and Threat Assessments
- Prevent the use of third-party applications
- Force the use of passwords that are hard to guess
- Deploy a Mobile Device Management System
- Conduct regular Security Awareness Training for your employees
Other Ways To “Take A Byte Out Of Hacking”
- Watch for ransomware attachments. Your entire staff must be on high alert for malicious attachments.
- Prevent the spread of infections. Ask your IT company to segregate your network to prevent infection between devices.
- Stop DDoS attacks in their tracks. Distributed Denial of Service attacks can shut you down. Your IT company can deploy safeguards to block them.
- Monitor your accounts. Use automated account monitoring to detect signs of an attack, and red flags like massive data transfers from your organization.
- Use protected devices to reduce your attack exposure. Invest in computer devices, printers, and copiers that are engineered for security.
Once you take these precautions seriously, you’ve made the first big step to Take A Byte Out Of Hacking.
For more information on hacking and other IT topics, visit our Blog regularly. Only through education and awareness can you keep your organization safe from hacking.
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