Technology is advancing every day, and so is the risk of hacking. Users are increasingly facing the risk of hacking as cybersecurity threats become progressively more sophisticated. Implementing a firewall on your network perimeter and anti-virus on your desktop is no longer a suitable solution – the attack surface is now much bigger. At Amitech IT, we are here to help you stay vigilant when it comes to hackers. In this blog, we are going to look a few key points to keep in mind when it comes to your IT security, but first, we are going to explore what hacking actually is.
What is hacking?
Hacking refers to activities that compromise digital devices such as computers, laptops, tablets and even entire networks and configurations. There are most definitely different purposes for hacking and whilst they may not always be for malicious reasons, nowadays, most references to hacking cases are unlawful actions by cybercriminals.
Most modern hackers are motivated by financial gain, protests, information gathering (or spying), but most are just after ‘easy wins’.
The most important factor to keep in mind when it comes to your IT Security is that even the most basic hackers can find ways to penetrate your systems. Many still think that a ‘hacker’ refers to a self-taught whiz kid or rogue programmer skilled at modifying and breaking through computer systems, however, this is far from the case. There are many reasons as to why someone turns to hacking, one being so that they can find ways that software solutions can be used outside of the original developers’ intent.
Hackers know if you are less equipped
Hackers are drawn to small businesses because they are often less equipped to prepare for or defend against an attack. With fewer resources available for fighting cybercrimes, small businesses are especially vulnerable if you do not have some form of IT Security in place. Despite the increase in awareness of cybercrime over the last few years, many small business owners still think their company is too small to warrant an attack, but they couldn’t be more wrong. Often, smaller businesses have the most to lose as they may not have capital in place to correct any wrong-doings. Could your business survive 48 hours downtime with no access to your critical business data?
If your business takes payments for services or products, you have exactly what hackers want; customer credit card details and personal information. Even if you don’t hold this type of data for your customers, hackers can steal other information such as your employee data. While most large companies can afford to invest huge sums of money in cybersecurity to help protect their critical business data, the majority of small businesses simply lack the resources and funds to have a dedicated IT member or advanced security protocols put into place. Hackers expect this and will take advantage of it the first chance they get.
Amitech IT’s managed IT security solution is designed to give you peace of mind when it comes to hackers. Our solution offers an alerting system to let our dedicated and experienced technical team know if your IT security isn’t working effectively or if an update has failed so that we can take action straight away.
How your business can benefit from IT Security
Focus on what needs protection
Recognising that your business could be a target for cybercriminals is the first step in making sure you can protect it. By carrying out a risk audit and implementing IT Security within your business processes, you can identify the key target areas where your business could be most vulnerable. At Amitech IT, we aim to relieve customers from the time-consuming administrative burden of implementing and maintaining your security solution, we will do the hard work for you.
Find an IT management service to support you
For many small businesses, having an internal IT team that manages your IT Security is unfeasible. Working together with a local MSP (Managed Service Provider) can provide your business with specialised knowledge and technology to help protect your business from hackers. Seeking advice from cybersecurity professionals and investing in protection policies will help your small business stay one step ahead of hacker threats.
Amitech IT is a Sophos Gold partner, we can provide a range of leading IT security protection services, including Sophos Endpoint Protection, Intercept X and XG Firewall to make security for your business simple and provide you with the best tools to fully protect your business.
Create a culture of cybersecurity
Encouraging your workforce to be conscious of hackers can help to prevent attacks from happening. It is important for all employees to understand the value of the company and customer information they have access to and how important it is to protect it from hackers. Establishing internal security policies, such as minimising employees accessing their personal emails or restricting website access can help protect against hackers. Increasing your IT Security can be achieved successfully with a few small changes such as making sure your passwords are strong and changed regularly and encourage employees to speak out when they see something that isn’t right, such as suspicious links in emails. Vigilance over suspicious email activity can dramatically reduce your risk of being hacked. At Amitech IT, we are here to help you every step of the way, providing professional advice and tips on how to keep your small business as secure as possible.
Back up data
Backing up your business data seems like a no-brainer but it is something that is often forgotten or overlooked. Hackers can delete your files, or worse, encrypt your entire computer – blocking you out until you pay a hefty ransom. Backing up your data on a secure cloud is one way to make sure you don’t lose your critical business data. Amitech IT provides a cost-effective, fully managed backup and disaster recovery solution that complements your IT Security and is tailored to your business’ individual needs and should the worse happen can have your business back up and running in no time.
Could your business be vulnerable to cybercriminals? Contact Amitech IT today to find out how we can help protect you.