Whether it’s stealing credentials or completely taking over someone’s computer, a hacker has a plethora of targets and methods that can anger the average PC user or business executive. In fact, hackers are so crafty that they can even hack into hospital equipment.
If hackers are not concerned about attacking hospital technology and the possible loss of life that could result, do you think they would have any qualms about attacking your business? Everyone is vulnerable to hacking attacks, even your business. Hackers can directly affect physical objects that are connected to the Internet.
If there’s a technology a hacker can compromise, they most likely will try, and maybe even succeed. While businesses use innovation to gain ground in their chosen industry, hackers will innovate to take away everything you hold dear. Even if hackers don’t have a specific agenda, viruses and malware can cause data loss, leading to expensive downtime and pricey compliance fines.
Therefore, the most effective way to limit how much damage hacking attacks can do is to limit your network’s exposure to threats in the first place. Taking a proactive stance against online threats is a great way to approach cybersecurity. This includes integrating comprehensive security protocol and best practices designed to minimize your infrastructure’s risk of being compromised, as well as eliminating any current threats to your network.
A great way to achieve both goals is to use a Unified Threat Management (UTM) solution. The UTM takes all of the best aspects of cybersecurity and uses them to keep potential threats out, and limit the damage done by existing threats. A firewall keeps threats out while an antivirus can cleanse your systems of any potential problems. Additional security features, like spam blocking and content filtering, are available to limit your staff’s exposure to threats; spam protection keeps threatening emails out of your inbox while web content filtering blocks content that might cause infections while surfing the Internet.
Your business’s network security might not pose a threat for your employees’ physical well-being, but a data hack can cause more damage than you might initially realize, including to your business' reputation. To ensure that your network is working at maximum capacity to handle hacking attacks, give SMART Services a call at 586-258-0650.