More and more business operations are happening in cyberspace, which leaves many companies vulnerable to attacks. No matter your business’s size, it is wise to invest in IT security technology to secure your data and your clients.
Attackers are continually using more sophisticated techniques, which means by the time your current computer security has been implemented, it is probably already outdated. It’s vital to understand the importance of IT security, its best practices, and what you need to do to keep your business and customer data safe and secure.
What Is Information Technology Security?
IT security encompasses a wide range of strategies to prevent unauthorized access to your IT system. It includes access protection to computers, networks, and data and involves maintaining any sensitive information.
Any breach of network security will result in a loss of confidence in your business, and you may even be liable for the loss of sensitive information. Many small businesses assume they’re too small to be an appealing target, but many hackers will target small businesses due to their poor network security.
A comprehensive IT strategy includes regular IT maintenance to patch any software vulnerabilities, constant threat monitoring, and periodic security assessments to identify potential weaknesses.
The Most Common Threats To Your IT System
Almost every business is reliant on computers in some way to function. This reliance leaves you vulnerable to a whole host of threats that can disrupt your business functions:
Spyware: spyware may not cause direct damage to your IT security, but they allow attackers to gain important information about your system. Keyloggers are a form of spyware that will track keystrokes, allowing hackers to access usernames and passwords.
Adware: Adware is an intrusive form of advertising which may cost your business lost time and productivity. Adware also tends to be a standard method to gain additional login information from your users by promising great deals. When the user clicks on the link, it will lead to malware or spyware.
Phishing and other forms of identity theft: social engineering is the hacker’s greatest tool, especially if you already have a robust security protocol in place. Identity theft relies on users willingly giving information away, either because they believe they’re talking to a reputable institution or because they think that they can get something valuable in return. Most phishing attacks target banking details, but hackers will also commonly use them to access a restricted business network.
Viruses and malware: viruses and malware are aggressive and damaging pieces of code that will compromise your IT security. Typically, viruses and malware will exploit vulnerabilities in your system that will give the attacker access to your entire network and all the data within it. Many attacks can remain undetected for long periods, and the longer they infiltrate the system, the more damage they will do.
Ransomware: ransomware is becoming an increasingly popular method of attacking businesses. During a ransomware attack, the hacker will deny access to your network’s information and only return access to it once you pay a certain fee or ransom. Several large businesses have recently fallen victim to ransomware attacks, which can be incredibly costly and damaging to a business’ reputation. Like malware, ransomware relies on pieces of malicious code that infiltrate your network and spread throughout your entire business. This code is complicated to remove, and trying to do so can result in permanent data loss.
What Eckstrom Consulting Can Do For You
The aim of security consulting is to prevent attacks from happening in the first place. Doing so involves using a host of IT security solutions to provide comprehensive cover that identifies and neutralizes threats before they reach your network.
Prevention is only the first step, and in the unlikely event that a hacker bypasses your security, we also have an advanced threat management system in place to assess your system and detect these threats as soon as they appear. A sound threat detection system allows us to neutralize threats before they can do any damage, protecting your network and your sensitive information.
Some of the solutions we use in our Unified Threat Management System include:
Firewalls: firewalls are the first line of defense against threats. They work by analyzing incoming and outgoing traffic and blocking anything that looks malicious from entering your network.
Antivirus software: a sound antivirus system is necessary for detecting any malware or viruses that make it past your firewall. Most enterprise-level antivirus software can identify threats and sequester them before they do any damage. However, keeping your software updated is crucial, as viruses are continually evolving to slip through undetected.
Content filtering: content filtering relies on filtering out specific websites, allowing you to block illegitimate copies of legitimate sites. It’s also instrumental in raising productivity by blocking time-wasting sites that may otherwise consume your staff’s attention.
Spam blocking: spam isn’t just annoying; it’s also the primary means of phishing attacks. A good spam filter will remove most phishing attacks so that your employees won’t fall for them.
Penetration testing: regular penetration testing is essential to identify potential weak points in your IT system. Penetration testing relies on a simulated attack whereby the security company does its best to hack your system. This type of test can reveal flaws, as well as the consequences of a real attack, giving you the information you need to prioritize certain aspects of your security protocol.
Network security monitoring: your network must remain monitored 24/7 for any potential threats. A sophisticated network monitoring system can detect ongoing attacks before they result in a breach, allowing you to take action to secure your network and data.
Protecting your data is essential, and the consequences of a data breach can be catastrophic for your business. Let Eckstrom Consulting handle all of your security needs, giving you the peace of mind to focus on running and growing your business. We offer tailored solutions that we can implement remotely, ensuring that your security remains up-to-date at all times.
If you’re worried about your current IT security solution, give Eckstrom Consulting a call at 406-730-5105 today!