Cybersecurity is an essential component of IT support across London. As a London-based business, we at Amazing Support have experience managing and improving company’s cybersecurity needs for the past decade. We encourage organisations and individuals alike to be on the lookout for compromises in digital safety. Check out this list of the top 7 cybersecurity threats you need to know about, in order to stay safe in future.
Malware and Ransomware
Malware is a general term for any unwanted or malicious software that downloads itself onto your computer. If you’re connected to the internet at all, without a firewall, chances are your computer will become infected with malware. Ransomware is a form of malware that infects your computer and demands a ransom from you for a key code to get rid of it.
Malware is a serious cybersecurity threat because it’s so broad and in some cases, adaptive. Avoid malware by installing trusted firewalls and anti-virus protection, keeping your security software current, and limiting user access and privileges.
Phishing is when a third party attempts to extract sensitive information from you by posing as a trusted source, like a bank. Phishing attacks are usually in the form of emails meant to resemble a reputable institution. They can target individuals for their personal information or information to perform an action like accessing a network.
Businesses should educate their employees on phishing and how to prevent it. Always be wary of unexpected emails or email senders. Never give out personal information over email, even if the message looks legitimate.
Many businesses today take their work outside the office with smartphones and tablets. Using portable devices like these increases your chances of stolen data. Companies are especially at risk because they handle and store information on their customers. Even small businesses are targeted because hackers often assume smaller companies don’t invest in adequate cybersecurity.
When it comes to safeguarding your data on your organisation’s mobile devices, always use passcodes and GPS tracking. Install an encryption software and activate the option to remotely wipe all the device’s data if need be.
Hacking and Remote Access
External security threats still pose a major problem for companies. Hackers will try to gain access to your network remotely, seeking bank or intellectual property information. Hackers often rely on social engineering, methods of tricking employees to give up passwords and usernames.
Your business IT support team should make your staff aware of the risks posed by hackers and common social engineering tricks. Solid firewalls for your network and securing access to your data are also imperative to combat these external threats.
External hackers can pose a threat on the one hand, but on the other, you can have internal risks originating from your employees. Leaked documents either intentionally or mistakenly, can have severe impacts on your company. Your staff could also be susceptible to hackers if they’re uneducated about smart cybersecurity.
Closely monitor or restrict your staff’s use of USB keys and media players, as these can be used to store data. Only give employees the network access they need to complete their job. The chances of a data leak go up when more people have more access to their personal devices at work.
Poor Patch Management
Manufacturers release patches to cover up holes in operating systems, software, or other technology. When businesses don’t upgrade to the latest patch, their security can be majorly compromised. Many companies don’t install new patches because they don’t have the resources or simply don’t prioritise the upgrade.
Leaving holes in your security can make you vulnerable to cyber-attacks and noncompliant with cybersecurity standards. One way to address poor patch management is by automating your patch updates, so they run as you complete other tasks.
The IoT, or Internet of Things, comprises physical devices connected to the Internet. Routers, modems, webcams, tablets, smartphones are obvious examples. But the IoT also now includes smartwatches, medical devices, cars, and even household appliances. IoT has become immensely popular in homes and workplaces due to its convenience.
The data that users and companies share over the IoT means increased security risks, though. Hackers can use these devices to access sensitive information. If your business is using IoT, make sure it’s secure. Consider using digital security certificates so only trusted sources can access your IoT devices.
Final Thoughts on Business IT Support and Security Threats
Now that you’re aware of the risks you face with weak cybersecurity, you can take steps to protect yourself and your business. This might include engaging a professional IT support company to manage all of your cybersecurity.
About the Author:
DAVID SHARE: Director and Co-Owner of Amazing Support. He write about data security, cybersecurity, IT support, and tips for businesses and startups