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Cyber Security Services
What is Cyber Security?
Cyber security is the application of technologies, processes, and controls to protect systems, networks, programs, devices and data from cyber attacks. It aims to reduce the risk of cyber attacks and protect against the unauthorized exploitation of systems, networks, and technologies. Source: IT Governance and SYNOPSYS
What is A Cyber Attack?
A cyber-attack according to NIST is an attack, via cyberspace targeting the organization’s use of cyberspace for the purpose of disrupting, disabling, destroying, or maliciously controlling a computing environment/infrastructure or destroying the integrity of the data or stealing controlled information. It’s a deliberate attempt by attackers to exploit and compromise the confidentiality, integrity and availability of information systems of a target organization or individual(s).
Cyber-attackers use illegal methods, tools and approaches to cause damages and disruptions or gain unauthorized access to computers, devices, networks, applications and databases.
Cyber-attacks come in a wide variety and the following list are just some of the important ones that criminals and attackers use to exploit software:
- Privilege escalations
- Unpatched or vulnerable software
- Remote code execution
- Denial of service
- Brute force attacks
- Injection attacks
- Man-in-the-middle attacks
What Are Some Of The Cyber Security Sub-domains?
- Identity Management and Data Security – Identity management includes processes, and activities that enables authentication and authorization of legitimate individuals to computer and network systems within an organization.
- Network Security – the practice of securing a computer network from bad actors or hackers who could be performing a targeted attack or using malware.
- Information Security – protects the integrity and privacy of data, both in storage and in transit.
- Application Security – focuses on keeping software and devices free of threats. A compromised application could provide access to the data it’s designed to protect so writing secure code and designing secure application architectures is key.
- Operational Security – includes implementing processes and procedures for handling and protecting data assets. These processes and procedures should determine how and where data may be stored (i.e. encrypted password vault + documentation vault) or shared with certain users and/or administrators permissions.
- Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity – DR&BCP defines how an organization responds to a cyber-security incident or any other event that causes the loss of operations or data. Disaster recovery policies dictate how an organization can restore business operations and data information to the same capacity as before the event. The Business Continuity Plan (BCP) is the plan the company fails over to while trying to operate without certain resources.
- End-user Education – Formally training individuals regarding topics on computer security is essential in raising awareness about industry best practices. Holding frequent training to review organizational procedures and policies on when to see suspicious emails or attachments and to report or delete them, not to plug in unidentified USB drives, be aware of social engineering and other important lessons is vital to the security of any business or organization.
The 6 Myths That Small Businesses Have About Cyber Attacks
In the event of a disaster or outage, business operations can come to a halt, leading to loss of productivity, revenue, and customer trust. Without a disaster recovery plan in place, it may take a long time to restore business operations, resulting in extended downtime.
Without backups, any data that is lost due to system failures, human errors, cyberattacks, or natural disasters cannot be recovered, resulting in potentially irreversible loss of critical business information.
Losing critical data and experiencing downtime can have significant financial implications for a business. The costs of lost productivity, revenue, and potential legal fees or fines due to data breaches can be significant and potentially devastating.
If a customer’s data is lost or exposed due to a data breach, it can lead to a loss of customer trust and damage to the company’s reputation. This can have long-term implications for customer acquisition and retention.
Many industries have regulations that require businesses to have backup and disaster recovery plans in place to protect sensitive data. Failure to comply with these regulations can result in legal and financial consequences.
Many business insurance policies need a good backup and disaster recovery plan with yearly disaster testing. Your BDR or BCDR will satisfy this requirement and put you at ease knowing everything is protected 24/7/365.
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