Cyber Security For SME’s
How safe are you from web-threat?
Cybersecurity is not just for large corporations and enterprises. Currently, the fastest growing trend in cyber-thievery targets SME’s, making it more important than ever to support your digital defences.
No matter what your configuration, if you have a website, use email, have online accounts or any type of internal computer network, you are at risk and unfortunately, your firewall may provide little defence.
Types of Cyber-Threats
Cyber threats can come from an external source, but the most destructive threats are more often coming from within.
“why spend weeks trying to penetrate firewalls and perimeter security, when we can simply send an email to an employee and have them unleash our virus/malware/ransomware for us?”
Using a technique referred to as ‘social engineering’, these thieves try to coerce your employees into clicking on a link in an email, responding to an ad or clicking on what looks to be a legitimate article.
Once clicked, they are taken to a site that downloads malicious software onto the network. In some cases, it may take days or even weeks for the virus to take hold, by which point you are unaware as to how the virus even started, making it a lot harder to shut down.
Additionally, the widespread adoption of IoT devices (the “internet of things”: cloud controlled devices that operate on your network, such as printers, appliances, alarm systems, security cameras, lighting systems, communications systems, etc.) has created network vulnerabilities that many cyber-thieves have been able to exploit, using the devices themselves as a ‘way in’.
Safeguard your Network
Threats such as these can cripple your business in a matter of moments. But there are ways we can prevent these breaches in security from occurring; –
Firewalls protect your network by denying access by unauthorized users. They can be attached to your existing servers and routers and come pre-installed in some operating systems, such as Microsoft.
Antivirus software should be deployed and backed up regularly. Backing up is of utmost importance for antivirus software to be effective, as threats evolve continuously.
Having an external backup plan is essential. Being able to restore your systems to a time when your network was intact could make the difference between your business surviving a cyber-attack or not. Consider using the Cloud as backup. This offers many dimensions of cyber-security beyond the capabilities of a physical server.
And if in doubt, follow the 3-2-1 rule: make three backups on two different media, and store one in a separate location.
How Allteks can Help
While this is by no means a comprehensive guide to cybersecurity, the IT specialists at Allteks are standing by to answer any questions you might have. Call today to speak to one of our cybersecurity technicians and find out how easy it is to get protected.