With the continuous growing threat of data hackers, cybersecurity protection is critical now more than ever.
You may be wondering why cybersecurity is so important all of a sudden. It has to do with the fact that we’re living in a very technologically-advanced world. Cyber protection is becoming increasingly more relevant, and it has everything to do with the rise in the use of technology and its corresponding surge in cybercrime.
The Rise Of Cybercrime
As technology advances, hackers develop new and more sophisticated ways of stealing information. At the top of a lot of hacker’s lists is to obtain customer or employee information to be sold for the use of sales and marketing efforts, such as invasive robocalls and spam emails.
“Hacktivism” is a newer form of attack. This is where activists seek information against what they consider to be “ethically-challenged” corporations by breaking into their systems to retrieve emails and documents that could incriminate. Sometimes, however, it is about money.
Ransomware is a common practice where a hacker will lock a company out of their system until money is received. This happens when someone inadvertently opens an email and virus software is downloaded. This software will hold your entire system at ransom, and there’s no way to get your data back until you’ve complied with the hacker’s demands.
Recent Threats and Damages
Data breaches have affected so many high-profile companies lately, it would be hard to name all of the companies. Here is a breakdown of some of the most notable ones that have happened this past year.
- Capital One’s breach left almost 106 million customer accounts vulnerable. What cybercriminals stole: social security numbers.
- Marriott Starwood’s breach left nearly 500 million of their guests’ information vulnerable. What cybercriminals stole: names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, passport numbers, reservation dates, birthdays, and gender. A laundry list of all of their guests’ valuable personal information.
- T-Mobile’s breach affected around 2 million of its customers’ information. What cybercriminals stole: personal information including account numbers, addresses, and phone numbers.
These are just a few of the headliners. 54% of firms had their network or data compromised last year alone. No one is safe against these threats, so it’s better to stand up to it now and take action to protect yourself.
Keep in mind, cybercriminals don’t just target large corporations. Small to medium-sized businesses are often the bread and butter for cybercriminals.
Outsourcing your IT to a Managed Services Provider is the best way to keep your company’s information safe. A key benefit of utilizing ION247 for your cybersecurity is we will complete a full assessment of your system and identify gaps or threats in your current system. We will then implement the appropriate technology solutions to match your risk profile.
At ION247, we also provide remote monitoring services that allow us to stay on top of installing the latest software updates and providing web filtering for all of your employees. We also use advanced technology to detect issues often before you even know there is one.
Another benefit is our system patch management services. System patch management allows us to keep your systems up to date on the latest security essentials, which protects your system from vulnerabilities.
If you’re looking for cyber protection, look no further. Contact us today to get started with a full system analysis to see what vulnerabilities you may have.