There are many cyber security threats that businesses are faced with today. Of course, there are always ways for businesses to prevent these threats from impacting them. However, in order for companies to minimize these threats, they first need to know what they are. After knowing what their security threats actually are, they can then develop an effective cyber security plan. Here’s a look at the threats of which businesses need to be aware:
Data breaches are a threat to businesses of all sizes and the major problem with them is that it not only puts sensitive company information at risk, but also customer data. Cybercriminals steal data such as credit card information, company information, and other personal information. Companies can combat this threat by following industry compliance guidelines, such as HIPAA or PCI-DSS guidelines, and by diligently updating the company’s security features, such as changing passwords on a regular schedule and updating the firewalls.
While the Bring Your Own Device, or BYOD, phenomenon has revolutionized the workplace, it has also brought with it a new set of security concerns. From a security standpoint, BYOD is hard to monitor. Since companies often leave individuals who are largely in control of the security of their devices, it can be incredibly hard to monitor the threats that can come from BYOD. IT departments should consider creating company-wide policies policing the security of these devices so they can better control these threats.
Malware includes anything malicious that is designed to damage a business’s devices, such as its computers. Malware can include spyware, viruses, and Trojans. There are several ways to prevent malware from infecting the company’s devices and to other parts of the IT infrastructure, such as servers. To combat this, it is important to make sure that each device has an adequate firewall and up to date malware detection and cleanup software program installed.
Many people don’t realize that not every cyber security threats originate from the outside. There are some external concerns to address, as well. One of the biggest internal problems is referred to as insider misuse and is classified as a data breach originating from within the company when one or more individuals access information that goes beyond what they need in order to perform their daily duties. Whether intentional or not, this type of data breach puts the security of the company at risk because the information could often fall into the wrong hands.
It’s true that cyber security is an issue for businesses of all sizes and it certainly does help to develop an effective cyber security plan that is tailored to the business. However, in order for that to happen, it’s important to know what the threats really are. For more information about how to protect your business from these cyber security threats, contact Roan Solutions.