Data Security In The San Francisco Bay Area
Did You Know Cybercrime Toolkits Can Be Purchased for as Little as $1 on the Dark Web?
Cybercrime is evolving at a rapid rate. According to the Cybersecurity Almanac 2019 by Cybersecurity Ventures, cybercrime toolkits can be purchased for as little as $1 on the dark web. Scary, isn’t it? It’s easier than ever before for attackers to find ways to steal data. Whether they’re stealing it to demand a ransom fee or they’re going to sell it on the dark web, confidential data is in high demand.
The truth is that the news only reports a small fraction of the cybersecurity incidents which occur. The problem is larger than most people realize. For every breach reported by the media, there are many other companies who have also fallen prey to cybercriminals. Whether the tool is spam, adware, malware, social engineering or something else, cybercriminals are more skilled than ever.
Why Should I Invest in Protecting My Business Against Cybercrime?
In short, if you don’t have someone watching your IT systems for intrusion and data theft attempts, your data and workflow aren’t secure. And if you think you’re safe because you’re a small to midsize business, keep in mind that 43% of cyber-attacks target small businesses. You’re not as safe as you think.
You need to invest in protecting your business against cybercrime because statistics don’t lie. This is a huge digital epidemic that’s only going to get worse. A small cost now might save you thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, later on.
If Threats Are Getting Worse, How Can I Protect My Business Before I’m Next?
Keeping data secure and recoverable requires a holistic, ongoing, and strategic approach that’s customized to your unique business’ needs. Here are a few areas that require concentrated focus:
- Data encryption
- Network, mobile devices, and endpoint security
- Automatic backups – both on-site and cloud
- Monitored backups
- Firewall configuration and monitoring
- Internet traffic monitoring
- Email security
- Network security monitoring
- Two-factor authorization
- Role-based access protocols
- Employee cybersecurity awareness training
Do I Need to Hire Someone or Can I Purchase and Install Some Software Myself?
A lot of businesses are trying the DIY approach when it comes to cybersecurity. The problem is, hackers use a multitude of techniques to get inside of a company’s network. Unless you’re an expert in cybersecurity and you’ve dealt with countless forms of attack, you likely don’t have the knowledge or experience required to create a comprehensive security program.
It’s not enough to read about security best practices and purchase a couple of software programs on the internet. You need a multi-layered approach implemented wherein an IT professional assesses your infrastructure, determines any existing vulnerabilities, and uses enterprise-grade solutions that work together to protect you.
Aside from taking care of protecting your network, an IT company can provide a whole host of services that help you operate in a manner that leverages technology as a business-enabler rather than a necessary evil. This may include:
Data Security & Fully Managed Tech Services
- Managed IT Services – maintaining and monitoring your IT assets to ensure peak performance
- Hardware and Software – consulting on, sourcing, and supporting your hardware and software purchases
- Help Desk Services – answering your day-to-day tech questions and responding to troubleshooting requests
- Strategic IT Consulting – helping you sort through the IT implications of your pro-growth business plans
- IT Project Management – working diligently to help make your IT environment more effective
- Cloud Technologies – leveraging cloud potential to save you money while giving you more flexibility and mobility
- Cybersecurity Solutions – ensuring the protection of your data and workflow
- Data Backup – preserving your data for compliance and in case of data loss
- Business Continuity – protecting your business workflow against disaster by backing up essential IT assets to our data center