We know how important the security of your business is to you. Cyber crime has increased over 20% since the previous year. Now is the time to ensure you have the right security for your organisation.
What is cyber crime?
Cyber crime is any criminal act dealing with computers or networks. Hackers seek to gain unauthorised access to computer networks and systems. They can then steal private data stored on the network and sell on to fraudsters. Hackers can also perform DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service). A DDoS attack is an attempt to make a website or online service unavailable by overwhelming it with traffic from various sources. Smaller businesses are particularly at risk because it could only takes a relatively small flood of traffic to take them offline. This is due to not having the correct resources or infrastructure to protect themselves.
Do I need security?
Technology is pretty much unavoidable in this day an age. We constantly rely on our phones, they’ve become our mini life organisers. Using them to stay connect with friends and family on social media, taking photos, storing dates in our diaries and communicating with the outside world. Businesses are the same, every organisation needs phones and computers to communicate internally and externally. No business is immune to cyber crime, and no organisation can afford to ignore it. Businesses use technology every day to store data, making them more vulnerable to cyber attacks due to important, private information being stored online.
Why does cyber crime exist?
It’s profitable. Using the information they gain can make a serious amount of money for hackers. What hackers choose to do when they successfully hack into your system varies from accessing personal information, business trade secrets or use the internet for malicious purposes.
Facts about cyber crime
- Somebody’s identity is stolen every 3 seconds
- If you connect to the internet with an unprotected PC it will only take 4 minutes for it to become infected
- 100 billion is the estimated annual cost of cyber crime
- 1 million new malicious programs are created every day
- Between 2012-2013, 87% of small businesses in the UK are reported to have some form of data breach
- There’s a website called Fire-eyes Cyber Threat Map where you can view real-time cyber attacks across the world
So what can I do to protect my business?
The internet provides endless possibilities, you don’t have to be a tech genius to use it. Being able to store your important files onto the cloud at work so you can access it from your tablet at home is incredible. The internet has changed the way that companies run their business. Communication is easier and editing documents is simplified. It would be naive to presume that all your data is safe from hackers without the right protection.
Businesses have adapted to this new age of technology, but unfortunately hackers have too. This is why protecting your data is more important than ever. Panda Security is a service we provide to ensure your company is safe from any criminal hands.
Panda Security works hard in protecting your business against every type of cyber crime. So what do you need to know about Panda Security?
- Panda Security has been around for over 25 years, so it’s no surprise that by now they are one of the world’s leading provider in cloud-based security solutions.
- They’re a world-wide company, so they provide security products in over 23 languages! Across 195 countries around the world!
- This antivirus software keeps your business safe. Protecting against all kinds of viruses, spyware, Trojans, rootkits, worms and even unknown threats!
- Their innovative security model can automatically analyse thousands of new malware samples every day.
- It’s so frustrating when an antivirus software slows down your computer. Panda Security uses multi-thread technology which allows faster scanning and doesn’t slow down your system.
Ensuring your employees are prepared to assist in keeping your computers and networks safe is how your company will stay protected.
Companies are quick to ensure all employees have had the correct health and safety training. But are they getting the correct network security training?
Even the best security such as Panda cannot protect you unless employees are fully informed and understand their roles and responsibilities in safeguarding sensitive data. Employees need the correct training to be able to identify and avoid risks.
Send out emails to remind your employees how to be safe on the network. Training should include tips and examples:
Gentle reminder to everyone on how to keep your files and private data safe! Strong Passwords = Strong Security!
- Make it at least 12 characters including capitals, numbers and symbols
- Make it something you can picture, so it’s easier to remember
- Keep it personal. iL0v3Th£c0lOurR3d (I love the colour red)
- Don’t use names: friends, family, pets…
- No Patterns: abcd, 4321, 0000
- Don’t use addresses, birthdays, postcodes…
- Don’t write them down next to your computer or store in a local file/online
Any questions please don’t hesitate to ask! Thank you.
Other topics to discuss with employees include:
- What they can and cannot install and keep on their work computers
- Throwing away suspicious emails before opening
- Not clicking on suspicious links
- Spam Filters
- Backing up their work
- Speak up if they notice something strange about their computers
Cyber crime is a drastically increasing by the day, make sure your business is ready for any threats heading your way.
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