Cyberattacks can happen to anyone at any given time. In fact, a cyberattack occurs every 11 seconds. Although you might believe it will never happen to you, no organization is exempt from one. As technology improves, cybercriminals become stronger because they have more mediums to infect. We live in a digital age as it is, making cyberattacks much more feasible for hackers, and when you add a global event like a pandemic into the mix, that makes corporations that much more vulnerable. Discussed below are four different types of cyberattacks to keep an eye out for during a pandemic and how to protect your business from them.
Cybercriminals are constantly looking for different gaps and vulnerabilities within businesses, which makes cybersecurity fundamental for any corporation. However, implementing cybersecurity protocols can be a challenge. Business owners have plenty to juggle with already and many organizations are switching to work-from-home methods, which makes company networks more prone to threats. This is where Security as a Service (SECaaS) comes in. It’s a versatile cloud solution that proactively protects, identifies and combats threats to your network, servers and endpoints. It fights against all types of cyberattacks like phishing, smishing, ransomware, malware and other malicious viruses. The “as a Service” model is ideal for small to mid-sized businesses, but especially ones that are operating remotely and on numerous networks. Here is a breakdown of the importance that Security as a Service (SECaaS) offers to remote workers.
One of the most important aspects of setting up a business network is securing your business data as well as applications. This is especially important because cyber criminals, and other malicious actors, devote considerable amounts of time and effort looking for vulnerabilities that can be exploited to compromise business networks. Once compromised, cybercriminals can then access private data and applications for their nefarious purposes. In the first quarter of 2020, there were 8.4 billion records that were exposed due to poor security settings; this was a 273 percent increase compared to the first quarter of the previous year, 2019. If you are a business owner with little to no expertise in network security, you should consider using Security-as-a-Service (SECaaS) to meet your business network security needs.
To many businesses, a pandemic is already a global disaster, and although you might be aware that companies are more vulnerable to cyberthreats during pandemics like the coronavirus (COVID-19), organizations like yours may not understand that a critical aspect in your business’ protection starts with ensuring employees are on board and that you have a unified cybersecurity culture set in place. Here’s how to establish a strong cybersecurity culture during a pandemic.
With the current circumstances, businesses are under immense stress to function normally. Organizations have been forced to operate remotely, have undergone significant changes in a short amount of time and their networks have become increasingly vulnerable to cyberattacks like ransomware and phishing. This could be for a variety of reasons including weak cybersecurity cultures, the number of remote networks employees are using and business owners wearing too many hats. For all these reasons, managed cloud services are vital to the success of any corporation, but especially during a pandemic when organizations are facing more challenges than usual. Here are 5 benefits of managed services for pandemic planning.
The rate, as well as the effects of data breaches, have increased significantly over the past several years as businesses conduct their transactions online. In addition to data loss, businesses often incur financial losses as well following a successful data breach. In 2019, the average global cost of a data breach to an organization was $3.92 million representing a 1.5% increase from the preceding year, 2018.
Cybercriminals and other malicious actors are continuously on the lookout for ways to penetrate and compromise private business networks. They devote their time and resources looking for weaknesses within the network security system that can be exploited. Once found, these weaknesses are used to bypass the network security system in place and penetrate the network, thereby enabling the cybercriminals to steal private data as well as cause other forms of havoc. As businesses increasingly conduct their activities digitally, the risk of data breaches has grown exponentially. In 2019, there was a 54 percent increase in the number of successful data breaches compared to the preceding four years.
While many organizations don’t have to think twice about protecting on-premise data, several don’t realize that they still need to protect their Cloud data, like data from Microsoft Office 365. Instead of running Microsoft applications themselves, businesses are consuming it as a service. Hosted in the Cloud, businesses can get the most up-to-date versions of the Microsoft Office Suite, OneDrive, and mobile apps. This allows users to access and edit documents anywhere, at any time, on any device. Office 365 is an example of Software as a Service (SaaS), but many SaaS applications have no data protection capabilities.
We have seen a massive upheaval of the business landscape over the past few months as a result of SARS-CoV-2, commonly known as COVID-19 or coronavirus. The breadth and scale of this upheaval are unprecedented, cutting across all economic sectors, and impacting businesses globally. Businesses have had to make rapid and unplanned adjustments to deal with the threat of COVID-19. One of the accommodations business owners have made in response to this threat is to transition from an in-office to a remote workforce.
Over the past few years, businesses have become increasingly aware of the need for cybersecurity. With more transactions being conducted online across the internet, businesses transmit and receive large volumes of data daily. These data have become a tempting target for cybercriminals who spend their time and resources devising strategies to access the data by compromising private business networks. As a business owner, one of the ways to secure your business network is by using Security-as-a-Service (SECaaS).