You wouldn’t leave your house without setting up alarm systems and locks that will protect threats from intruders. You wouldn’t park your car somewhere without first making sure that it is securely locked, so why would you leave your company open to threats?
The answer is “you wouldn’t”, but how do you go about securing your company information from threats?
The first step in securing company information from threats is determining what exactly the threats are. External threats have been on the rise for the past few years, including malware and other online threats. In fact, according to the 2014 Check Point Security Report, in 2013, there was a 144% increase in new malware – an average 2.2 pieces of unknown malware hit organisations every hour.
Not only are the threats growing, but the variety of these threats are also increasing. Some of these include viruses, worms, spyware, hacktivism, distribution denial of service (DDoS) attacks, advanced persistent threats (APTs), online extortion and state-sponsored espionage.
Just looking at the list, it is understandable that you could feel overwhelmed or lost when it comes to securing your company information from threats. After all, it is difficult for the average person to keep up with these threats.
When it comes to securing company information from threats, you have to look at internal threats as well as outside ones, as if that is not enough to deal with already.
There is a bit of a double-edged sword at play here: Cloud solutions, remote access and similar technological tools greatly benefits your business.. Technology may invite more mobility, collaborative teamwork and such to your business, but at the same time exposes it to more hackers and online criminals. These applications are seen as easier targets for online criminals and hackers as they are third party-cloud applications. Smartphones and tablets are also targeted.
While it may seem as though there are so many threats and targets on your back that securing your company information from threats is an impossible tasks, this is not the case. You can manage these security risks.
There is not just one solution, but multiple. This is where you don’t just have on security layer to protect your company information, especially when online criminals have gotten more intelligent at hacking into online information. It is best to take an integrated approach and have multiple layers such as (as according to Optus):
- Network security, including a firewall to protect against external threats and attacks
- Content security, including anti-malware to scan files using deep packet inspection to prevent data loss and infected files
- Endpoint security, to secure computers and mobile, including personal smartphones and tablets, to prevent them from compromising the business network and data
If you would like more information on the types of threats that require you to act upon securing your company information from threats and risks, please visit this site: https://www.business.qld.gov.au/business/running/risk-management/protecting-it-data-and-systems/security-threats-to-it-data-and-systems
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