The security of your business internet network is extremely important. With cyber threats targeting businesses with user data becoming more valuable for hackers, it’s crucial to implement effective measures to protect your data, including your customer’s data. Getting a professional security firm is always a significant investment. Recovering from a security breach will cost you more financially and destroy your reputation. Here are some necessary things you can do to start with some basic security.
Let’s start with a scary history of companies that have faced security breaches.
- Equifax Data Breach (2017): One of the largest data breaches in history.
- WannaCry Ransomware Attack (2017): A global cyberattack that targeted computers running the Microsoft Windows operating system.
- Target Data Breach (2013): Hackers infiltrated Target’s network by compromising a third-party HVAC vendor.
- Yahoo Data Breaches (2013-2016): Yahoo suffered multiple data breaches, affecting billions of user accounts.
- Marriott International Data Breach (2018): Hackers gained unauthorized access to the Starwood guest reservation database.
- SolarWinds Supply Chain Attack (2020): Hackers compromised SolarWinds’ software development system, injecting malware into software updates.
- JPMorgan Chase Data Breach (2014): Hackers gained access to JPMorgan Chase’s network, compromising the personal information of approximately 83 million customers.
- eBay Data Breach (2014): Cybercriminals infiltrated eBay’s network, gaining access to a database containing personal information, including names, addresses, and encrypted passwords, of approximately 145 million users.
- Sony Pictures Hack (2014): A cyberattack on Sony Pictures Entertainment resulted in the exposure of sensitive internal documents, unreleased films, and personal information of employees, including Social Security numbers and emails.
- Colonial Pipeline Ransomware Attack (2021): A major ransomware attack targeted Colonial Pipeline, a crucial fuel pipeline operator in the United States.
Implement Strong Network Access
Regularly Update and Patch Software
Deploy Firewalls and Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS)
Encrypt Network Traffic and Data Storage
Conduct Regular Security Audits and Assessments
Educate Employees on Cybersecurity Best Practices
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Implement Network Segmentation
Backup and Disaster Recovery
Regularly backing up critical data and implementing a robust disaster recovery plan should be components of your network security. In the event of a security incident or data breach, having secure backups ensures that you can restore your data and resume operations with minimal downtime. I’m sure you have heard about the many companies that have been targeted for ransomware. You can fight back by not paying the ransom since you have a backup to restore before the infiltration occured. Be sure to test your backups regularly to verify their integrity and effectiveness.
Monitor and Analyze Network Traffic
Implementing network monitoring and analysis tools allows you to detect anomalies, unusual patterns, and potential security breaches. By monitoring network traffic, you can identify suspicious activities, conduct forensic analysis, and respond promptly to mitigate threats. Consider using intrusion prevention systems (IPS) and security information and event management (SIEM) solutions for comprehensive network monitoring. Don’t skimp on these necessary tools.
Here is a short list of the security vulnerabilities that keep me up at night.
- Data Breaches: Unauthorized access to sensitive data, exposing customer information or proprietary data.
- Phishing Attacks: Fraudulent attempts to obtain sensitive information by posing as a known entity via email, phone calls, or text messages.
- Ransomware Attacks: Malicious software that encrypts files and demands a ransom in exchange for their release.
- Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) Attacks: Overwhelming a network or website with traffic, rendering it inaccessible to legitimate users.
- Insider Threats: Security breaches caused by employees, contractors, or individuals with authorized access to the network who exploit their privileges for malicious purposes.
- Malware Infections: The introduction of malicious software, such as viruses or Trojans, can compromise network security and data integrity.
- Social Engineering Attacks: Manipulating individuals to gain unauthorized access to sensitive information or bypass security measures.
- Vulnerability Exploits: Exploiting weaknesses or vulnerabilities in software or hardware components to gain unauthorized access or control over a network.
- Zero-day Exploits: Attacks take advantage of unknown vulnerabilities before they are discovered or patched by software vendors.
- Unauthorized Access: Infiltration of a network by individuals who bypass authentication mechanisms or gain access to privileged accounts.