There are many ways that a cyber criminal can hack your company, however there is one main way that we as an IT company see over and over again.
Too many companies remain blind to the fact that their greatest threats are within their own walls. Whether ASX-listed, SME, or a start up, they all face the same major gap that can only be filled with time, training, and tools. The gap is you. It’s every person in the business and sometimes that even includes the technical people.
We are all vulnerable to cyber-criminal activities, and no, they don’t always go after your bank details, there is a raft of other information they could take that offers them far greater value. They also don’t solely send you emails with sneaky links, there are many other tricks and ‘hacks’ they use to lure you into their control.
Often the most damaging attacks happen from internal staff. Now we aren’t saying that you shouldn’t trust your team, what we’re saying is that you should safeguard your company from the potential of malicious activities. Even something as simple as leaving your server cabinet door unlocked poses major risk for those with on-premise servers. A well protected kingdom has a moat and drawbridge, high walls, guards on watch and security detail protecting within – your ‘kingdom’ should be set up in a way that it has multiple safeguards to prevent attacks from the outside, and to swiftly sort out internal misconduct.
When it comes to technology, we as IT Solutions providers need to help companies understand best practices to follow, such as, what steps and safeguards are needed when transferring information to one another and to external parties. A great example is how to safely share a file over an email that contains sensitive information. Industries that deal with highly confidential information, like law firms, financial firms, and health organisations, should deem their cyber security with critical importance.
Understand that you will never be 100% safe from all types of malicious activities, whether they come from outside of your network (someone not employed by your company) or inside of your network (a staff member). Professional IT Services companies can help you locate where the threat vectors reside for your business, as the attacks can be tailored for every company, even those in the same industry.
Levit8 can help you understand and plan for these events so that, even if the worst possible scenario occurred, you could rest assured knowing you have put up safeguards, installed backups, and reduced or prevented the damaging impact of a cyber-attack. After all, you worked so hard to build your company to where it stands today, we work hard to help you protect it.