Why internet security should concern you

Cybercriminals target the easiest victims.

Author: Eija Paajanen
Date: 19.03.2015
Read Time: 3 Minutes

Mobility and constant online availability are important factors in today’s way of life. People work from several locations and with a wide range of devices.

The 24/7 work culture is also one reason for using the same devices both for work and for leisure. This in turn may lead to a situation where social media activities and company data and solutions, such as CRM, are handled on the same device.

Malware, viruses, cyber threats, hacktivism…they’re constantly in the headlines. When thinking about protecting your business from them, it can be overwhelming to know where to start. But by taking a few basic precautions, you can greatly reduce the risk of your business being an attack victim.

The security risks in this connected society are numerous – from the loss of devices or their integrity, the growth of mobile security threats, data leaking, phishing, data theft, corruption and frauds to trojan apps and phishing sites.

But what does this mean for you and your company? Why should you care?

Mobile devices contain contact information, emails and other business-critical information. Well, just think of a scenario where your CRM data leaks outside the company? In the worst case, it could mean the end of your business…

The logical next step to ensuring business confidentiality is to embrace the evolution of security. The business security solutions of the future need to take care of generic detection, exploit detection and offer reputation services from the cloud.

While traditional anti-virus solutions may not be up to the task, the new breed of security solutions that allow safe browsing, and secure email and connections among other things to ensure online data privacy are the key to safe business.

Well-handled patch management is another aspect of efficient business security. Updates can be tricky and time-consuming, but you can automate patch management.

The first and most obvious protective measure is to make sure your security software is up to date and effective enough. But it doesn’t stop with security software – all your other software should be up to date too. Why?

Cybercriminals don’t like to work any harder than they have to – they’re out there for easy money. They like to target the vulnerabilities in popular software, as that is a way to bring in money with minimal effort. They’ll find a security hole in any software and use that as a way to infect one of your machines, and then your network. Don’t be the “low hanging fruit” – keep all your software up to date so the security holes stay patched.

In addition, train your employees. Employees can unwittingly reveal confidential data and use unsecure networks. A recent test, for example, revealed that free WiFi poses a real threat as people tend to be careless about the WiFi networks they use. They neglect proper WiFi security precautions, leaving their data exposed to potential snoops and spies.

Make sure your company is not one of the easy targets! Use best-of-breed security products, make sure you are running the latest, patched versions of all software, educate your employees on proper security practices, and be aware of the risks – that’s it.

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