cyber security


Cyber Security

Protect your business from malware, spyware, hackers, and other viruses that can cause harm to your systems and the efficiency of your business. 

There was a recent report that stated 62% of businesses acknowledged they had experienced or been through some sort of cyber attack on their systems. Later on, these incidents became more common and well-known for many businesses.  For today’s companies, falling victim to one of these attacks is no longer a question of “if” but “when.” It is important for every company to know how to defend against these attacks.  WUC Cyber Security team can help.

Today, employees are connected to the internet all day every day, communicating with colleagues and stakeholders, sharing critical information and jumping from site to site. With hackings, data breaches and ransomware attacks on the rise, it is essential for all companies to plan for the worst, with mandatory cyber security training for all employees.  It is important to hold this training with the recommended solutions for mitigating the risks. The more your employees know how to mitigate the risk of being attacked by hackers or other viruses on the computer, the more you will help keep costs down and your data secured. 

Businesses of all sizes are susceptible to attacks. However, small to medium-sized businesses are often less prepared to counter these attacks than their larger counterparts. The reasons for this vary from business to business, but ultimately it comes down to the fact that small to medium-sized businesses are less prepared and equipped with the resources to devote to cybersecurity efforts against the attacks when they come. 

It has been estimated that there have been roughly 80% of US companies that have suffered a cyber-attack of some kind. A lot of these have been part of a ransomware attack. 

In the midst of the ransomware attack is that of Social Engineering leveraged by hackers themselves, which involves manipulating a person or persons in order to access corporate systems and private information. Social Engineering plays into human nature’s inclination to trust the other end and accept their friendship, which then in turn gives the hacker the data and info they need. For cyber criminals, it is the easiest way to obtain access to a private corporate system. After all, why would a hacker want to go to extremes of trying to guess a password when they can just simply ask for it themselves?

Let’s look at some of the dirty most common threats that we see today in businesses:

  • Phishing

    Phishing is the leading tactic leveraged by today’s ransomware hackers, typically delivered in the form of an email, chat, web ad or website designed to impersonate a real organization. Often crafted to deliver a sense of urgency and importance, the message within these emails often appears to be from the government or a major corporation and can include logos and branding.

  • Baiting

    Baiting similar to phishing, baiting involves offering something enticing to an end user in exchange for private data. The “bait” comes in many forms, both digital, such as a music or movie download, and physical, such as a branded flash drive.

  • Quid Pro Quo

    Quid Pro Quo similar to baiting, quid pro quo involves a request for the exchange of private data but for a service. For example, an employee might receive a phone call from the hacker posed as a technology expert offering free IT assistance in exchange for login credentials.

  • Pretexting

    Pretexting is when a hacker creates a false sense of trust between themselves and the end user by impersonating a co-worker or a figure of authority within the company in order to gain access to private data. For example, a hacker may send an email or a chat message posing as the head of IT Support who needs private data in order to comply with a corporate audit (that isn’t real).

  • Tailgating

    Tailgating isn’t when we celebrate our teams before the game with beer and food, but rather is when an employee who is unauthorized follows an employee into a restricted area or system. The most common example of this is when a hacker calls out to an employee to hold a door open for them as they’ve forgotten their RFID card. Another example of tailgating is when a hacker asks an employee to “borrow” a private laptop for a few minutes, during which the criminal can quickly steal data or install malicious software.

Must have Solutions for Cyber Protection: Layered Security Options

There are ways you can protect your business from receiving these vicious attacks from hackers and such. Let’s examine them and see what we can do to prepare you to keep your business safe and away from these attacks. 

  • Antivirus Software

    Cybersecurity technology starts with antivirus software. Antivirus, as its name implies, is designed to detect, block, and remove viruses and malware. Modern antivirus software can protect against ransomware, keyloggers, backdoors, rootkits, trojan horses, worms, adware, and spyware. Some products are designed to detect other threats, such as malicious URLs, phishing attacks, and social engineering techniques. This tool is the most common and can be a benefit to a business if implemented correctly and used correctly to catch and protect against all the different types of attacks listed above.

  • Firewall

    A firewall is essential in monitoring what comes in and out of your computer from the web and other things that could harm it. Firewalls are typically deployed as an appliance on your network and in many cases offer additional functionality, such as virtual private network (VPN) for remote workers.

  • Patch management

    Patch management is an important consideration as well. Cyber criminals design their attacks around vulnerabilities in popular software products such as Microsoft Office or Adobe Flash Player. As vulnerabilities are exploited, software vendors issue updates to address them. As such, using outdated versions of software products can expose your business to security risks. There are a variety of solutions available that can automate patch management.

  • Password Management

    Recent studies have reported that weak passwords are at the heart of the rise in cyber theft, causing 76% of data breaches. To mitigate this risk, businesses should adopt password management solutions for all employees. Many people have a document that contains all of their password information in one easily accessible file—this is unsafe and unnecessary. There are many password management apps available today. These tools allow users to keep track of all their passwords, and if any of the accounts are compromised, passwords can be changed quickly. Encryption is also an important consideration. Encrypting hard drives ensures that data will be completely inaccessible, for example if a laptop is stolen. The password management tools are essential to have in your business so that your employees will never have their accounts hacked, or their data breached, causing the clients to lose valuable information. Always make sure you have a great password management system in place and all employees are well trained on it.

These measures protect against a wide array of cyber-attacks. However, because threats like ransomware are always evolving, security solutions are just one part of an effective defense strategy. You also need solutions in place that enable you to return to operations quickly if you do suffer a cyber-attack. Data protection technologies are an essential second layer of defense against cyber-crime. Putting another layer of data backup in your business will offer security from cyber-attacks.

Cybersecurity Checklist

Just like we mentioned before, the small to medium-sized businesses are the targets for cyber attacks due to their unpreparedness and not having the resourceful tools to counter them. To make sure you have everything you need, and you are well prepared for such attacks, here is a list of some recommendations:

  • Train your employees how to safely and securely use email and connect to the web, most importantly, train them how to interact with vendors and how to avoid giving out sensitive information. 
  • Protect your network and devices. Implement a password policy that requires strong passwords that expire every 90 days. This will help with keeping things on a different page and harder to hack into. 
  • Keep software up to date. Make sure the software is legit.
  • Create straightforward cybersecurity policies for all your employees to understand what type of system you are running and how they can interact on the social media and bring their own device policy. 
  • Back up your data daily by establishing a backup routine for data and systems.

Let us help you today with your Cybersecurity concerns and protect your business from attacks!!