The Ever Evolving Nature of Cyber Crime – Are you adopting best practices ?

Are you adopting best practices to protect your company against the ever evolving nature of cyber crime?

Constantly evolving and ever prominent, cyber security is and will remain more than a hot topic it is an integral part of day-to-day life for each of us, from both a business and personal perspective.  The more vulnerable your IT, the greater the risk of you becoming a victim to cybercrime, this can be anything from small-scale laundering of money in your bank account to the likes of what HSE experienced in recent times.

We are not in the business of scaremongering; we are about prevention and protection. So today we want to break down some of the simple facts around cyber security and what that means for your business, especially with a notable increase in a flexible workforce.

Cybers crime in a nutshell is the practice of criminal or unauthorized use of electronic data, or the measures taken to achieve this. Cybersecurity is an integral part of the IT security umbrella and an integral element of business security which includes physical security and information security.

If we were to categorize the 5 main areas of cyber security, they would be

Critical infrastructure security

Critical infrastructure organisations are often more vulnerable to attack than others because existing systems often rely on older software. And generally, include essential service providers such as Health, Energy, Transport, and Telecoms.

Application security

Application security involves addressing vulnerabilities resulting from insecure development processes in the design, coding, and publishing of software or a website.

Network security

Network security involves addressing vulnerabilities affecting operating systems and network architecture, including servers and hosts, firewalls and wireless access points, and network protocols.

Cloud security

Cloud security is concerned with securing data, applications, and infrastructure in the Cloud.

Internet of Things (IoT) security

IoT security involves securing smart devices and networks that are connected to the IoT. IoT devices include things that connect to the internet without human intervention, such as smart fire alarms, remote CCTV, lights, thermostats, and other such appliances. 

What types of security apply to your business?

Critical infrastructure security is in the main linked to state and semi-state bodies or multinationals firms that provide services on a national basis.

Every other company in the land needs to ensure they are committed to best practices for Application security, Network security, Cloud security, and Internet of Things (IoT) security.

Rather than try to baffle you with the various types of cybercrime, let us all agree that they have one thing in common, when they successfully breach your barricades they cost money, time, and a lot of upheavals until the situation is rectified.

Prevention is much better than a cure

A common misconception is that the cyber security risks facing your organisation can be challenging, especially if you have moved to remote working and have less control over employees’ behavior and device security.

In fact, the truth is, when the architecture of your cyber security is fully assessed and the cybersecurity needs of your company are properly addressed, the rollout is virtually seamless and will include device security for all devices especially those that are used away from your physical office.

Key to your Cyber security success

Like any company initiative, effective cyber security management must come from the very top, with the implementation of robust cyber security awareness and ongoing training. Empowering your team to understand the critical nature of a cyber security breach and to be able to identify potential cyber-attacks is your first line of defense.

Good security and effective working practices must go hand in hand.

What next?

From our perspective, and with over 30 years of experience in managed IT and cyber security, the basics need to include an analysis of your current cyber security, focusing on the four main areas previously mentioned and understanding where your weaknesses or vulnerabilities lie?

What updates or improvements can be implemented to ensure your current cyber security setup is suitable for today’s sophisticated methods of attack and ensure that anything we prescribe can be rolled out and implemented in a remote environment, giving you peace of mind no matter where your employees are working from.

For some clients, it will mean an update to existing infrastructure, for others it might mean the implementation of firewalls, password security protocols, or application and network security.

What it doesn’t mean is an insurmountable task creating upheaval in the process.

If you are unsure that your cyber security protocols are defending you vigorously, then it is time you spoke to our specialist cyber security team in any of our locations.

Deycom Managed IT Solutions Carlow: 059 9130777

Deycom Managed IT Solutions Kilkenny: 056 7813060

Deycom Managed IT Solutions Kildare: 045 397118

Deycom Managed IT Solutions Dublin: 01 2233844