The Cybersecurity landscape keeps changing challenging IT security experts to upgrade protection technology and skills. To begin with, organizations need to invest in a network firewall system. Secondly, hire and regularly train computer security staff. Above all, tackling cybersecurity challenges requires that IT experts understand the main entry point used by attackers.
Be that as it may, technology experts continue to develop more advanced cybersecurity products. Purchasing a good IT security solution requires adequate budgetary allocation. However, most organizations still provide an insufficient budgetary allocation for IT investments. The real effects of weak information security systems far outweigh the projected amount likely to be spent to build a strong computer security infrastructure.
Investing in the right technology will enable organizations to stay safe from cyber threats. The right technology provides a consolidated platform for managing all protection services. Even the security of the IP PBX Phone system. Whether web firewall, email security or software, and application protection, all can be managed from a single web console. By integrating all the essential security services into a single platform, IT will be able to get better insights from one interface.
Effects of a weak information security system
Loss of the Integrity, confidentiality, and availability of the information stored
Following a successful cyber-attack, the attackers will deny the rightful owners of information access. Secondly, when attackers gain unauthorized entry into a corporate network or the server systems, the integrity of the information contained therein will be interfered with. Also, the businesses run the risk of losing the confidentiality of the secret business data, patented information, and protecting intellectual property.
The potential loss of money
Cyber attackers will always launch attacks for financial benefit. Hence, Ransomware attacks have been targeted at financial institutions. Simply, attackers will ask for a ransom in order to enable access to the servers which is in their control. Still, businesses will likely lose revenue when critical services have been shut down by attackers. Severe disruption to a normal flow of processes in any organization translates to huge financial loss.
Loss of face
Cyber attackers will most likely damage the image of the company. And organizations will spend a lot more on public relations following cyber-attacks. Cleaning up in the aftermath of the attack has even bigger effects on employees’ morale. The situation can be worse if the cybercriminals managed to penetrate into a banking institution’s network. The consequences can be dire since customers might decide to panic withdrawals of funds leading to liquidity issues.
Steps in tackling cybersecurity challenges
Install anti-spam email protection:
Most successful cyber-attacks have been propagated through emails. Through phishing attacks, an innocent employee will be duped into sharing private information through the email platform. The information shared, consisting majorly of login details, will be used to commit fraud. Hence the need for a system for scanning email content including attachments to block spammers. Sophos’ anti-spam technology has been very helpful in preventing email scams.
Activate Web security firewall:
The web has brought a lot of benefits to organizations and individuals alike, the danger exists therein. On one side, the attackers will design web interfaces resembling legitimate ones and use them to commit crimes. On the other hand, attackers will resort to SQL injection attacks to deface company websites. However, once the web security firewall has been enabled, it will be to the benefit of everybody. Hence, even as the company web server is protected, the employee web browsing experience will be safe.
Software and application security:
Software exploit attacks usually take advantage of the vulnerabilities that exist in a program. Dealing with software requires that users acquire genuine and licensed software from reputable vendors. Software developers usually release regular updates that will strengthen the system from attacks. However, regular software security updates will only be available to those companies with licenses installation.
Upgrade Wireless network security:
Attackers have gained entry into private networks majorly through the Wi-Fi networks. Organizations need to adhere to Wi-Fi security guidelines to avoid being easy targets cyber-attackers. Still, manufacturers of wireless network devices will produce firmware updates regularly. Network security personnel should take the initiative to ensure that all wireless network devices run the latest firmware installed. As a matter of fact, the same should be extended to network switches as well.
Flash drives, also known as USB sticks, have also served as an entry point for attacks. Particularly, malware programs have been transferred from an infected endpoint to another using USB drives. At any rate, good endpoint security software should be able to protect escalated attacks from happening. In fact, the best endpoint protection strategy will involve isolating infected computer’s network access. Furthermore, USB ports can be blocked until such a time when a full cleanup has been completed.
Tackling cybersecurity challenges requires a synchronized security system. A system that does endpoint protection, server security, web protection, Wi-Fi, and email security; all from a single platform. Contact us today for an innovative cybersecurity strategy.