With cybercrime growing at an exponential rate, small and mid-sized businesses need to be on guard more than ever. What’s that, you say? Small business doesn’t have anything hackers would be interested in? Do they target businesses like Yahoo or Amazon or Equifax? Wrong! You need our technology security in South Bend even more so than the bigwigs because SMBs are being increasingly targeted in favor of large enterprises, which are perceived by black-hat hackers as being too much trouble.

That’s right – it’s the little guys without proper technology security monitoring that the cyber-opportunists are now going after.

Why South Bend Technology Security is a Must for Small Outfits

Have you seen the statistics on cybersecurity and cyber attacks lately? Or, are you avoiding it, like looking away from a train wreck? It’s somewhat understandable…

But, did you know that:

  • 43% of cyber attacks in 2015 targeted small businesses?
  • 44% of small businesses in a 2014 survey conducted by the National Small Business Assoc. reported being the victim of a cyber attack?
  • The average cost of those attacks was $9,000 per attack?
  • In 2016, 80% of U.S. companies suffered some kind of cyberattack – 47% of those being ransomware?
  • Roughly half of U.S. small- to mid-sized businesses don’t have a contingency plan outlining procedures to deal with data breaches?

Juniper Research estimates that cybercrime will cost businesses around $2.1 trillion USD globally by 2019. This is an increase of nearly four times the cost of cyber breaches in 2015!

The sad fact is that most SMBs just aren’t properly prepared to deal with security threats and adversities, often due to inadequate resources and interest. This is yet another reason that smaller businesses are a prime target for cybercrime.

Employee Cyber Education is Your Front Line of Defense

Your first line of defense in technology security in South Bend is proper cyber education and training for your employees so they can recognize the tactics used by hackers, and subsequently be able to mitigate those attacks.

Employee lack of cybersecurity awareness is the leading cause of successful ransomware attacks, email phishing exploits, and other cyber attacks. It is the easiest way for cybercriminals to obtain access to sensitive, valuable company data.

Email Phishing: The Most Popular Tactic Used by Hackers

Email phishing tactics deliver malware in the form of an email, chat, web ad or website, and design it to effectively mimic a real person or organization that you would routinely trust. Email phishing “practitioners” send you a message, usually with a sense of urgency or importance, either from a government agency or high-profile corporation (like PayPal, Microsoft, or Google) to try to fool you or your employees to fall for its ruse.

Baiting, and other Technology Security Threats

Another very prevalent cyber threat is called baiting, which is very similar to phishing (or spear phishing), and typically involves offering something enticing to an employee in exchange for private data.

You also have these cyber threats to safeguard against:

  • Quid Pro Quo exploits – Request for private data in exchange for a free service.
  • Tailgating – Where an actual physical person follows a staff member onto the premises and finagles their way onto secured premises, often accompanied by a request to use the followed employee’s device, and installs malware.
  • Pretexting – When a cybercriminal develops trust between themselves and a targeted employee by impersonating a co-worker or other trusted authority, which the cybercriminal uses to request private data, or send a malicious message that baits the targeted employee (or college student).
  • Malicious Websites and Malvertising – These are designed to look like a legit webpage, and are made to exactly mimic certain trusted sites, but which have code inserted into them by hackers which redirects the web user to a malicious website.

Already convinced, and ready to get started? Then, contact Blue Star now at (574) 975-0767 or at info@bluestarpro.com if you have any questions, and download our e-book, “Protect Your SMB from Cyberattacks,” to get a leg up on cybercrime in the meantime!

What is Information Technology Security?

Innovations in information technology, like the Internet, have made it possible to send vast quantities of data across the globe with ease. However, the challenge of controlling and protecting that information has grown exponentially now that data can be easily transmitted, stored, copied, manipulated, and destroyed.

Within a large organization information technology generally refers to laptop and desktop computers, servers, routers, and switches that form a computer network, although information technology also includes fax machines, phone and voice mail systems, cellular phones, and other electronic systems. A growing reliance on computers to work and communicate has made the control of computer networks an important part of information security.

Unauthorized access to paper documents or phone conversations is still an information security concern, but the real challenge is protecting the security of computer networks, especially when they are connected to the Internet. Most large organizations have their own local computer network, or intranet, that links their computers together to share resources and support the communications of employees and others with a legitimate need for access. Almost all of these networks are connected to the Internet and allow employees to go “online.”

Information technology security is controlling access to sensitive electronic information so only those with a legitimate need to access it are allowed to do so. This seemingly simple task has become a very complex process with systems that need to be continually updated and processes that need to constantly be reviewed.

There are three main objectives for information technology security in South Bend (as anywhere): confidentiality, integrity, and availability of data. Confidentiality is protecting access to sensitive data from those who don’t have a legitimate need to use it. Integrity is ensuring that information is accurate and reliable and cannot be modified in unexpected ways. The availability of data ensures that is readily available to those who need to use it.

Blue Star IT Services & Solutions can deliver these technology security remedies to customers in South Bend and across Michiana!

Get the Technology Security South Bend Companies Must Have!

Contact us now at (574) 975-0767 or info@bluestarpro.com if you have any questions, and to get the technology security South Bend companies need to business in a cyber threat-free environment!

Published on 13th October 2017 by Jon Morningstar

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