Cyber security and how it affects your business.

Cyber Security is pretty much what it sounds like. It’s the practice of defending electronic devices such as computers, mobile phones, servers and data from a different variety of malicious attacks. It is the protection of computer systems from theft or damage to their hardware, software or electronic data.

Cyber security is the process your company should go through in order to protect itself from any incoming threats.

Network security
Network Security is there to secure computer networks from outsiders whether they’re targeted attacks or suspicious malware.

Application security
Application Security makes sure that software and devices are free of threats. The security for an application begins in the design stage, before a program or app is deployed.

Information security
Information security protects data which is stored on a device, whether it be in storage or transit.

Operational security
Operational security includes decisions when it comes to handling and protecting certain data.

Disaster recovery and business continuity
This is how a business/organisation responds to a cyber security incident or any other events that happen which could impact someone negatively – loss of data or operations. Certain recovery policies dictate how an organisation returns to business, before the event took place.

End-user education
Anybody can accidentally introduce a virus into a very secure system by not following security practices. They could use a USB drive which contains a virus as it wasn’t protected. This is why every employee needs to be up to date with the latest software and how to respond to cyber attacks.

There are many different threats facing your organisation, which could be one of the following;

Ransomware which is one of the fastest-growing forms of a cyber attack. It’s a malware which demands a payment after encrypting the victim’s files which then makes them inaccessible. However, paying the ransom doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to get your files back.

Phishing is mainly out to get those who tend to be more gullible than others. When you click on a text message or an email which has an attachment or web link that looks legit, 99% of the time it’s legit. Unfortunately there are times where people will send a link or attachment with a virus and this could be very harmful to you, or a company you work for. So take care when you’re clicking on links, make sure they’re from an email/phone number you know or recognise.

Always remember to keep your device and applications (web browser, pc, smartphone etc) updated to avoid any unwanted malware.