Are Your Servers, Computers, Internet and Data Secure?
The role of data in the business world is overwhelming. It helps entrepreneurs create better and more sophisticated business decisions based on gathered information from various sources in and outside of the company.
The challenge now lies in whether your organisation can effectively store and manage information and if you are able to protect and defend it from such threats like software attacks, viruses, data loss, information sabotage, unauthorised data access, and many more.
It is usually hard to recover from the impacts of these threats therefore, the best strategy is to have a solid IT Systems Security Programme in place.
Why IT Systems Security?
A 2015 global study showed a 23% increase on the cost of data breach in the past two years with over $3.79 million paid for lost, stolen, or damaged information. The frequency and level of attacks thrown at companies is continuously growing and the likelihood that your business will be hit by one should not be ignored. It is therefore recommended that you set up an agile and highly responsive IT security system within your company.
Initially, it is recommended for a company to undergo an IT risk assessment to be able to identify vulnerable points within their current system. The risk assessment report should be able to plot various measures that will make up your IT Systems Security Plan. These measures should involve the following:
An antivirus solution. Malware and viruses can enter your organisation in many ways: email attachments, malicious websites, or removable storage devices. It can seriously damage precious corporate files. If you are still using a free version or an untested antivirus solution then your business could be at risk.
Data recovery. Data loss can be disastrous because it can hamper your regular business operations. The capacity to retrieve damaged, corrupted, inaccessible, and stolen data should be a major quality of your IT Systems Security Programme.
Cloud backup and storage. Our reliance to data is growing and the amount of files that we produce every minute calls for a huge storage solution that is accessible anytime, anywhere through any device. It is then recommended for your company to have a backup of your entire system on the cloud for you to be able to restore lost files immediately.
Be prepared for the Ransomware threat?
In February 2016 the Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, in Los Angeles, paid a ransom of about US$17,000 to hackers who infiltrated and disabled its computer network with ransomware. Ultimately, the computer network was closed and so was the medical records of 1000’s of people.
To understand the gravity of the Ransomware problem, imaging having to turn back the clocks to a time when communication was by telephone, there was no internet, and money was transferred by cheque. The medical centre in question did just that. Being forced to move back to paper and fax communication until the IT team can fix the problem and restore the network is no easy task.
Ransomware is a deliberate infiltration of IT systems with the sole purpose of locking out its users by encrypting the files. Until a ransom is paid, the system is inaccessible.
The Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center decided to pay the ransom because this was in the best interest of the patients affected by the network closure.