June 14, 2017
More businesses realize cybersecurity is a necessity. Cybercrimes are on the rise and small businesses are increasingly being targeted. Cybercriminals are becoming savvier and their attacks are becoming increasingly complex. The need to stay on the forefront of information technology and IT skills development increases. Just as important is the need to be prepared and ready to respond to a threat and minimize the damaging effects.
In our last blog Cyberattacks: Why Hackers Target Small Businesses, we talked about the realistic possibility of a cyberattack. While the initial phases of diverting an attack in cybersecurity involve intrusion detection and secure software development, there will always be a risk that will get through even the best detection and development technology.
It’s no longer a question of if you will have a cyberattack but when and how you will counter it. Therefore, it’s critical that cybersecurity include risk identification and mitigation, and cloud security. These areas involve identifying risks, creating a plan of reaction and mitigation, and protecting data. It may sound complicated, but Boost IT has a managed security service that is a simple fix.
Risk Identification and Mitigation
A scary form of attack is cryptolocker, a particularly nasty type of ransomware where your computer and network are hijacked, the data is encrypted, and the cybercrimal demands a fee to unlock it. For more in-depth information, refer to the article The Ransomware Nightmare and Its Real Cost.
It costs companies large amounts of money and can take up a lot of time to unlock hijacked computers after a ransomware attack. Once you get the key, there is no guarantee you’ll get access to your data back. In some cases, your data is wiped clean.
Cryptolocker is one of the biggest risks businesses identify when it comes to data protection. By recognizing the need to plan and developing a risk mitigation plan, businesses can evaluate ways to react by developing a plan of action that helps to reduce the threat.
When developing a plan, the question often asked is, “Where is the data?”
Access to data by only those authorized is vital for the continued operation of the business. Therefore, cybersecurity professionals look at all ways to counterattack and protect the data from a breach so you know exactly how to respond to a threat and thus minimize the damaging effects.
Knowing how your data is stored, who has access to it and how it is protected is extremely valuable knowledge in the face of cyber risk. Therefore, the future of cybersecurity involves more than preparation and planning against an attack. It involves taking precautions to safeguard your data so it will not be compromised and/or can be recovered in a minimal amount of time so you and your employees can get back to business.
As part of a cybersecurity measure, businesses are increasingly migrating to the cloud for data storage. This helps them to access their data at anytime, anywhere. It eliminates the question of where their data is. But it also causes businesses to rely more on the cloud providers to safeguard their data. However, as the cloud infrastructure develops, it becomes a more lucrative target for cybercriminals. Boost IT has ransomware-resistant cloud products.
As attacks become more possible on cloud systems, the knowledge in cloud security is continuously growing. Keeping up with the complexity and continuous training on cybersecurity is necessary. That is why many businesses are outsourcing cybersecurity to Boost IT. We stay on top of the innovative ways to combat cyberattacks and protect your data. To learn more, contact us at 404-865-1289.