5 Reasons Why Your Business Should Focus on Cybersecurity
Written by Jack Loomis
Keeping your business’ data private:
In today’s world of technology and our dependence on it – especially in business – it’s even more important to focus on cybersecurity. The more things connected to the Internet equals more potential avenues for a malicious attacker to find their way in. Cybersecurity is about protecting the CIA triangle: Confidentiality, Integrity, and Availability.
- Confidentiality – Knowing that your data is kept private and out of the hands of malicious attackers.
- Integrity – Only the people that need to use the data are able to use it.
- Availability – Data is there when you need it.
Ransomware is one of the biggest hacking trends out today. Ransomware is malicious software – or malware – that is put onto a computer or server. This is usually done through a process known as phishing. Phishing is best known as those spam emails that come into your inbox. When someone clicks an infected link or opens an infected attachment that contains ransomware, it injects itself into the system and then locks down everything. In order to unlock your system’s files, the attackers require a ransom. This is one of the biggest things impacting businesses today, and it can be absolutely devastating. Without a cybersecurity plan, your business is susceptible to ransomware.
Your customers trust the integrity of your data:
Going back to the CIA triangle, integrity is an integral part of the relationship between your business and your customers. When your customers visit your website or use your services, they expect it to work. 100% of the time. When it doesn’t, the trust relationship between your customer and you wavers. Cybersecurity initiatives help protect that integrity.
Cybersecurity training is just as important:
With all of the cybersecurity initiatives in the world, it’s no good without proper security training for your users. We can offer proper training, and even run security tests to make sure that users are following the proper guidelines, such as not clicking on suspicious links in emails.
Being proactive is ALWAYS better than being reactive:
You never want to get caught off-guard by a security incident and realize that you don’t have the tools in place to correct it. More and more businesses are recognizing the importance of this and adapting a proactive security approach to ensure that – if something does happen – it can be dealt with quickly. The businesses who lose the most are the ones who weren’t prepared in the first place.