Previously, we wrote about “4 Potentially Dangerous Online That Wreak Havoc ” where we wrote about “Social Engineering attacks”, “Malware”, “Denial Of Service Attacks” and “Identity Theft”. We also had a couple of other posts on security such as Mobile Security, for instance.
The bigger the business is, the more serious each of these above-mentioned problems will prove to be.
What is the cost of a serious security breach that a business enterprise has to bear with? In a nutshell: very high. According to The Ponemon Institute on Enterprise security, as of 2009, the per-incident cost of security breaches was a whopping $6.66 million. Every compromised customer record, for instance, costs a business $204. As a result, significant resources are being invested on, as we speak, by companies to prevent their networks from malicious hackers, data breaches, and other insidious threats IT faces.
The servers, laptops, desktops – and off late, plenty of mobile devices – are to be secured from possible data that could be destroyed, altered, or stolen. Competitors could gain access to confidential data, proprietary information, financial data, and product information. Other problems include theft of credit card numbers; personal information pertaining to employees; virus, malware, and other infections; and outright attacks on your network to make you vulnerable.
On the defensive, companies look to have firewalls to separate the corporate network from the Internet, install Intrusion Prevention or Detection Systems (IDS), malware scanners, network monitoring systems, use of proper authentication systems such as passwords, and much more.
Threats, however, don’t just originate outside the business; they can happen from inside too. Insider threats are another concern businesses continue to battle today using simple steps such as screening employees and checking for previous criminal records, troubled history, or anything else that could provide insights on employees before recruitment. Companies deploy Endpoint Security Systems to track and monitor employee activity and prevent them copying any confidential information through removable media or even the Internet.
No matter what businesses try to do, the ‘complete, 360 degrees security’ is impossible to achieve. Yet, businesses can still be secured like a fortress. Many security breaches come in as a surprise; you might not be aware of potential threats, and as Murpy’s laws state: if anything can go wrong, it will.
Prevention is a smart way to go about running your business. Ask us how to do it [and we’ll develop a realistic, strategic, well-founded plan to fortify your business against these nerve-wrecking threats that could crash your business in a moment’s notice.