The Reality of Cyber Security
Take a second to think how many services are available online. In a given day you could go online to check your bank balance, scroll through your social media newsfeed, pay your car insurance during your lunch and put your feet up at night whilst ordering some groceries or new clothes. If everyone around the world is carrying out similar activities that equates to a lot of personal and sensitive data floating about in the cloud. So it is no surprise that cyber security remains an ongoing problem for many business, irrespective of size.
Cybercrime for phones and IT networks in particular continues to rise. There is a vast amount of stories about black hat hackers bypassing internet security to access sensitive data for personal gain. Don’t let your business be a victim! It’s vital to take action as no business is immune.
Phone system fraud is becoming more frequent and sophisticated, but there are precautions businesses can take to protect them. For example, SIP Trunk Security will help protect your phone system from attacks. By interrupting the hack and cutting down significantly on spend limits by quickly forbidding calls. SIP can also block known fraud in ‘at risk’ countries before it even reaches your telecoms network.
So how do businesses protect themselves against cybercrime? Or how much would an attack cost your business, not to mention your reputation.
In an effort to protect themselves against cybercrime, businesses first protocol should be to stop hackers and external threats from accessing their systems.
Implementing a firewall protection system is a great way to monitor traffic entering your computer network. (A two-way firewall protection will work twice as hard by monitoring the traffic that leaves your network). Information is sent over networks using ‘packets’ which your firewall will scan to determine if they are safe or harmful. It is even common to send harmful ‘packets’ without knowing it! Which is why it’s necessary to review what’s coming in to the business and what you’re sending out.
Other threats such as Worms or Trojans, travel from computer to computer without the users’ knowledge. They find systems with vulnerabilities and insert themselves with the user ever knowing. More reason for businesses to be proactive and invest in their systems.
Client and Appliance Firewalls
As we previously mentioned there is a large volume of personal data floating about. Often you will find hackers will find this data and steal sensitive information for the purposes of financial gain. Without users knowledge, they can identify what you’re typing on screen to mimic your movements and log into private accounts. Once they do, it’s too late and you could be left out of pocket.
Hence the importance of investing in both client and appliance firewalls. A client firewall will monitor the network traffic on the computer and is particularly useful for those who travel or work from home. An appliance firewall is a physical device that connects between the internet and computer. Both firewalls will help keep attackers from gaining access.
Don’t Take the Risk!
Firewalls are continually developing to combat against black hackers and harmful threats. With additional capabilities such as network address translation (NAT), URL blocking, VPNs and more. There are plenty of options available to businesses to help protect themselves when it comes to security.
Don’t take the risk. Talk to a service provider today to find a solution for your business.
Contact Standard Utilities today.