What is Cyber Security

Simply put, Cybersecurity is the practice of protecting systems, networks, websites, computer programs and more from cyber-attacks (i.e. “Hackers”). Cyber-attacks are usually targeted at accessing, changing, destroying and stealing sensitive information; for the purpose of money extortion; or disrupting your normal business processes.

Simply put, Cyber Security is the practice of protecting systems, networks, websites, computer programs and more from cyber-attacks (i.e. “Hackers”).

Cyber-attacks are usually targeted at accessing, changing, destroying and stealing sensitive information; for the purpose of money extortion; or disrupting your normal business processes. Implementing effective cybersecurity measures can be quite challenging simply because hackers are becoming more innovative.

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The basics of Cybersecurity and Protection.

Successful cybersecurity measures have multiple layers of protection. These layers include protecting the computers, system networks, computer programs, and the data that is used; kept safe. In a properly secure organization, the people, the processes, and the technology must all complement each other to create an effective defense system.

When proper cyber security protection is in place, think of it as a unified threat management system.

Your employees play an important role

1You’ve heard the saying “a team is only as strong as its weakest link”.

Truer words could not be said when it comes to cyber security.

Your employees must understand and comply with your established cyber security protocols. In addition, they need to agree to basic data security principles like choosing strong passwords, being suspicious of attachments in email, and ensuring proper and secure data backups.

Cyber security tips for everyone to live and work by.

2Understand that you are an attractive target to hackers. Don’t ever assume that you will never get hacked.

Practice good password management. Use a strong mix of characters, and don’t use the same password all the time. Don’t share your password with others, don’t write it down, and don’t post on a note attached to your monitor.

Never leave your devices unattended. If you need to leave your device – log out and lock it up. Do your best to eliminate others using it while you’re away

Always be careful when clicking on attachments or links in email, on your phone and more. We cannot express the urgency of this enough. If you are not expecting something from someone, then it’s in fact unexpected and suspicious. Just don’t click on it without first having the proper security measures in place.

Clicking on ads and any other method of you getting you to visit a URL of a website could result in that link taking to you to malicious intent websites.

Misspelling website addresses (URL’s). The bad people often take advantage of spelling errors to direct you to a harmful domain. Think you can spot a phony website? They are not as easy to spot as you may think.

Sensitive browsing, such as banking or shopping, should only be done on a device that belongs to you, on a network that you trust. One of the most insecure places is that coffee shop and their free WiFi. Free WiFi is a hacker’s favorite invention of all time; they can easily steal your data and more in a matter of seconds. While it is not the intention of that coffee shop to harm you, you simply cannot protect a free and insecure network environment.

Back up your data to external storage (i.e. the cloud) regularly, and make sure your anti-virus software is always up to date.

Be very conscientious of USB devices and other things that you plug in to your computer and other devices. Malicious Malware can be spread through infected flash drives, external hard drives, and even your smartphone.

Be careful and pay attention to what you’re sharing on major social networks. Criminals can befriend you and easily gain access to a disturbing amount of information. Did you just facebook “check in” at the local restaurant? You just let the bad guys know that you are not at home or the office. You also let them know how much time they have to break into your house or office before you return …

Be wary of social engineering. This is where someone attempts to gain information from you through manipulation. If someone calls you asking for sensitive information, it’s okay to say no. You can always call the company directly to verify credentials before giving out any information.

You know those telemarketing calls you get? A bad guy with the right tools can determine and access all kinds of things about you while on that call, so just hang up.

Be sure to always monitor your accounts for any suspicious activity. Always check your bank accounts, email accounts and more; if you see something unfamiliar, it could be a sign that you’ve been compromised.

Corporate Cyber Security Processes

3Organizations must have a detailed plan and the tools in place for how to deal with both attempted and successful cyber attacks. A detailed cyber security strategy can help you identify attacks, close exploits, protect systems, detect and respond to threats, and even recover from successful attacks.

How much money would you lose per day if your entire business was shut down due to a cyber security issue? Once you have that answer try to imagine that for just a few dollars a day all of this could have been avoided.

Cyber Security Technology

4Cyber security technology is essential to giving organizations and individuals the computer and network security tools needed to protect themselves from cyber attacks.

Today, Cyber security technology is no longer optional. If you have no cyber security technology in place it’s simply a matter of time before the worst case scenario occurs. At a minimum, these primary exposed entities must be protected: endpoint devices like computers, smart devices, and routers; networks; and the cloud. The types of Cyber security technology used to protect these entities include next-generation firewalls, DNS filtering, malware protection, antivirus software, and email security solutions.

Why is Cybersecurity important?

5If you have read everything to this point than the answer should be very clear.

Today, everything is connected; it’s a connected world and it has benefits for everyone.

With everything being so connected the strength of all of the security measures are dependent on where the weakest link is. Is your office the weakest link in the global chain?

At an individual level, a cybersecurity attack such as identity theft could possibly be traced to that free Wi-Fi at the layover airport from your trip months ago. This could evolve to extortion attempts and or the loss of important data and so much more. This could further evolve into spreading malicious code into your home or office network and anywhere else that you connect to.

Everyone in the world relies on critical infrastructure such as roads, power plants, hospitals, gas stations and more. Securing your organization should be looked at as part of the communications infrastructure and it is essential to secure your environment to keep our society functioning and safe from cyber security issues.

Cyber threat researchers

6We are grateful for the diligent work of cyber threat researchers.

For example, the team of over 250 cyber threat researchers at Talos Intelligence. Backed by Cisco, they utilize advanced telemetry and sophisticated systems to create accurate, rapid and actionable threat intelligence.

If you are on the Cisco infrastructure, Talos defends its customers against known and emerging threats, discovers new vulnerabilities in common software, and more. They also investigate new and emerging threats and cyber attack strategies. They reveal new vulnerabilities, educate the public on the importance of cybersecurity, and strengthen open source tools. Their work makes the Internet safer for everyone.

We can assist you in deploying a cyber security strategy; it all starts with our business communications assessment tool here.

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Did you know? You are an attractive target to hackers; if simply for your computing resources. Don’t ever assume that you will never get hacked.
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