top 5 digital security threats

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5 powerful ways to safeguard your business

September 9, 2020 – Nobie Ann Saenz

#1

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PHISHING SCAMS

Phishing scams are the most commonly used type of social engineering attack and cost businesses in the U.S. over half a billion dollars every year. Interestingly enough, this type of cyber attack is how politicians’ networks were hacked during the 2016 election. Phishing occurs when malicious parties pretend to be someone they’re not in order to capture information.

Companies fall prey when cyber criminals mislead an organization’s employees by representing themselves as a trusted party like HR or IT only to steal information via an “employee survey link” or “mandatory update download”. Training employees to recognize these scams drastically decreases the likelihood of such a breach occurring.

#2

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RANSOMWARE

If your computer has ever gotten a virus that says it can only be removed with the purchase of a specific tool, you’ve been a victim of ransomware. This code takes control of your computer until you pay the infiltrators a fee or “ransom”. More experienced hackers have the ability to block access throughout your entire network until payment is rendered.

While, only a solid IT structure and powerful antivirus programs can keep ransomware away from your organization you can reduce vulnerability by ensuring company computer software and hardware is updated regularly as outdated software, drivers, and other plugins are common security risks…it’s also a good idea to remove old, unused software (aka Legacy Apps) to reduce peril. Finally, enabling click-to-play plugins keep Flash or Java from running unless you click a link granting permission, this reduces the probability of falling victim to malware programs with Flash or Java.

#3

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EMPLOYEE DATA SECURITY BREACHES

One study found that 51% of the workers surveyed believe that the risk to corporate data when employees depart is bigger than organizations think & 20% of people surveyed would be more likely to steal data and pass it on to competitors after being fired from a company.

Once again, proper employee training can go a long way in preventing this sort of breach and implementing clear data policies, enforcing strict employee agreements and monitoring employee access can decrease the risk of malicious in-house data security breaches.

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NATURAL DISASTERS

This one is not necessarily a digital threat, but it most definitely has digital implications and can pose a threat to your business operations, connectivity and revenue. Unfortunately, natural disasters like wildfires, earthquakes, severe storms and flooding are occurring with more frequency and 2020 has even brought disasters caused by civil unrest and terrorist attacks…these are all real data security threats.

Far too often businesses don’t realize the importance of business continuity planning and having appropriate disaster recovery systems in place until it is too late is. This means focusing on offsite redundancy and having disaster response plans ready to be utilized. In fact, not only should your company data be backed up regularly and stored in multiple locations – so should your business continuity plan. The 3-2-1 backup rule is a great way to backup data that suggests you have 3 copies of your data stored on 2 different media or devices with 1 of those copies located off-site. It is also prudent to properly dispose of any electronics that may have been damaged. This will ensure no one gains access to your data after the fact.

#5

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CLOUD VULNERABILITY

The emergence of cloud computing has revolutionized the business world by introducing first class products primarily comprised of three services: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS). However, with all of the speed, efficiencies, and innovations that cloud computing offers, there are, naturally, risks…the cloud has also widened the opportunity for cyber attacks to gain access to your data.

Fortunately, there are solutions and tools available for safe cloud computing. Employing a reputable IT company to maintain your network and data storage coupled with advances in technology like dual factor authentication, for instance, can allow your organization to benefit from cloud computing without risking your company or customer data.

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EXECUTE DIGITAL SECURITY SOFTWARE

As a solid foundation, you will need one or a combination of different digital security software programs to protect your company from viruses, malware and spyware. Additionally, it’s wise to enable a Firewall and enact a reminder plan to periodically backup your data and systems.

The integration of these tools and implementing these actions helps your organization detect and address invasions and vulnerabilities within your systems.

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BE AWARE OF HTTP, HTTPS & TLS  SECURITY CERTIFICATES

TLS stands for Transport Layer Security: A type of digital security that allows encrypted communication between a website and a web browser and it ensures data privacy. HTTPS is a secure extension of HTTP. Websites that install and configure a TLS certificate can use the HTTPS protocol to establish a secure connection with the server.

It is always advisable to guarantee the protection of your sites by means of adopting TLS certificates because they provide an additional layer of security. TLS certificates work by digitally tying a cryptographic key to a company’s identifying information. This allows them to encrypt data transfers in such a way that they can’t be unscrambled by third parties. In the same measure, this action enhances confidence and security in the flow of communications between users and servers.

Similarly, all browsers provide public information about the digital security of the page you’re surfing via HTTP/HTTPS certificates. Train your team to exclusively navigate secure pages, you can tell when a website is using one because you’ll see a little padlock icon next to the URL in the address bar.

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ENABLE MOBILE DEVICE MANAGEMENT

Mobile devices are a prime vector of attack. Whether it’s through unauthorized access or unauthorized users, you can protect your data and your business by strengthening your mobile devices security.

Having the ability to perform Automatic OTA Updates ensures your devices are always up-to-date by pushing the latest updates through one platform, increasing security and lowering the costs of one-off or not-yet updates. Lost or stolen devices are an unfortunate fact with a connected workforce and the benefit of Remote Device Wiping ensures that even if a device falls into the wrong hands, access to your network and data remain secure. Allowing connected workers to use their devices can be an appropriate business decision and Bring Your Own Device Security Solutions can help enforce your security policies on any device, anywhere.

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APPLY PASSWORD MANAGEMENT & EXTERNAL CONNECTION AUTHENTICATION SOFTWARE

Today’s digital era is witnessing the number of web services used by individuals increasing year-over-year and it’s also offering challenges in securing passwords, many adopt the bad habit of recycling security keys and passwords; thus opening the door to cyber crime. The most common threats to protecting our passwords are Login Spoofing, Sniffing, Shoulder Surfing and Brute Force Attacks

Simply introducing software for key and password management; tokenization and authentication of connections you minimize their associated risks.

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EMPLOY CLOUD STORAGE SERVICES & VPN CONNECTIONS

Cloud storage services and VPNs go hand in hand, especially when there’s a need for more security online. While most popular cloud storage services are indeed safe and secure adding  VPNs can provide an extra layer of protection, particularly if you are handling sensitive data.

Nowadays, using virtual private networks (VPNs) over unsecured connections is quite common and quite dangerous, but connecting to the cloud over a public WiFi connection makes the user vulnerable to data theft. This is because public connections aren’t secured and hackers can and will steal unprotected data like exposed passwords, personal identifying information or confidential bank details. However, if the user is connected to the cloud through a VPN, the data will be encrypted and those prying eyes will only see jumbled up letters and numbers that amount to nothing. Simply put, VPNs make it safe to use cloud storage services from anywhere and via any ISP.

While they each on their own provide known benefits combining VPN connections and Cloud services offer an additional layer of digital security that proves nearly infallible.

Have you ever wondered if you need to enhance the digital security of your company? This question opens the door to a wide range of options and questions on how it will impact operations, and budget.

Communications Concierge offers tailored solutions consisting of one, more or all of the above security measures.

Call us today to request your TOTALLY FREE, ZERO OBLIGATION Telecom audit and let’s start a conversation that will uncover how much risk we can help you mitigate!

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