Safety in the Time of Cyber Attack Evolution
Cybercriminals are getting smarter and smarter these days, constantly adapting their strategies to outsmart everyone from small businesses to major corporations and government entities. We at Caliber Networks believe it’s essential for you to know the red flags of various different types of cyber attacks in order to keep your organization on high alert and keep your customers safe.
The sophistication of modern cyber attacks continues to grow, and though many people know the obvious signs of phishing emails and ransomware, attackers are getting more clever in how they outsmart individuals and businesses. Cyber attacks are also becoming increasingly automated, targeting everyone from public entities to private offices.
Cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin now allow a newer trend of ransomware in which hackers demand that they be paid anonymously in bitcoin currency. The idea is the same but the techniques and methods with which attackers are going after businesses are broader and harder to pinpoint.
Attackers are increasingly using big \-brand names such as banks and cloud services like Google Docs to impersonate; they also commonly make fake logos of these companies which they add to email spam messages. Criminals are becoming increasingly crafty by personalizing email messages with data that they steal from previous data breaches within an organization.
Many small businesses don’t have the ability to monitor their accounts 24/7 which means that they often find out they’ve been compromised after it is far too late. By the time your customers or employees start filing complaints about unusual emails or ransomware messages, the problem is usually much more difficult to stop than if it had been caught earlier.
The ability to have entire monitoring systems in place is a luxury often afforded only to large companies with big budgets. It is difficult for small companies to have the resources to actually analyze and follow up on each potential threat.
One response small companies can implement in this case is to hire an external company such as Caliber Networks who already specializes in cybersecurity and cloud services for small businesses. We can help you train you and your employees to identify key steps that your small business can take to protect yourself from phishing, ransomware, hacking, and any other type of cyber attack.
It is essential to have your data backed up and a secure network established for any and all devices that connect to that data whether your employees are working from home or the office. We can help you install a firewall system if you aren’t already using one and can help you to regularly update the software, which is called anti-malware. so that each of your company’s devices whether they be desktops, laptops, phones, or tablets are up-to-date and regularly monitored for problems.
If you want to go a step further, we at Caliber can help you learn to encrypt sensitive data using such things as systems that provide multi-factor authentication. You should be continually training your staff and allowing them to practice with various cyber attack simulations, so that people feel prepared and are able to handle any real threat that may arise.
If your company doesn’t have an internal cyber security expert, we recommend bringing our team in to educate your staff about the latest cyber threats and how to mitigate them effectively without losing productivity or time at the office. Give us a call today at (877) 882-2542 to see how we can help protect your business from the dangerous world of cyber criminals.