Are your networks, computer systems, and customer data secure from cyberattacks and the potential damaging aftermath of losing your customers’ trust? When your customers type in their personal information and credit card number to make a transaction, they trust your IT Security measures to protect their data from hackers.
With Emerald City Solutions’ IT Solutions, you do not need to worry about the possibility of cybercriminals hijacking your business data and destroying your brand reputation.
IT Solutions & Security: An Overview
Our IT Solutions protect your business’s information from unauthorized persons who pose a security risk.
Objectives of IT Security
The main objectives of Information Technology Security include:
- Confidentiality of Information: Protect critical data by clearly defining which individuals or groups have access rights. Encrypting the data ensures that it would be useless even if it fell into the wrong hands.
- Information Integrity: Information Technology Security must protect unauthorized users from manipulating your data.
- Availability of Information: Your data processing system must run efficiently to retrieve accurate data whenever you need it.
Areas that Include IT Security
Information Technology Security breaks down into different defensible sectors, including:
- Endpoint Security: Your PCs, tablets, smartphones, and applications require protection since you work on confidential company matters while utilizing them.
- Internet and Cloud Security: Stop hackers from tracing your digital footprint back to the source by investing in IT solutions.
- User Security: User awareness is critical when it comes to maintaining data security. Your IT analyst can educate you and your employees on the best practices to safeguard your data, from using secure private email inboxes to avoiding phishing scams.
Threats to Information Technology Security
When you think of threats to Information Technology Security, you might picture a hacker in a mask illuminated by the blue light of multiple surrounding computer screens. But what tools are these anonymous hackers using to get at your data? Threats include:
- Ransomware: This malware infects your system and locks you out of your files and devices until you pay a ransom.
- Spyware: This software initially appears harmless, such as pop-up windows, but gathers your data and sends it to another user with malicious intent.
- Viruses: If a computer virus enters your system, it will insert its unique code, ruining the integrity of your device.
IT Security Vs. Cybersecurity Vs. Network Security
IT Security is an umbrella term for shielding all forms of your organization’s physical or electronic data from misuse. IT Cybersecurity focuses solely on protecting your electronic data from online threats. Network Security specializes in stopping unauthorized users from overtaking your networking infrastructure.
Cyber Attack Methods
Your infrastructure could be the victim of cyber attacks by data thieves. Understanding the different types of cyber attack methods can help you determine if investing in Information Technology Security is a suitable defense tactic for your business.
Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs)
Hackers who spend time and resources infiltrating your computer system, spying on your processes, and then hijacking your networks to spread malware are considered APTs. Once they succeed in overtaking your network, you rarely can regain control and instead have to forfeit your system.
Malware includes worms and viruses that are seemingly unstoppable as they corrupt your system with non-closeable ads and pop-ups.
Phishing is when hackers send fake but professional-looking emails, hoping that you will take the bait and enter your confidential information. Once they gain access to your data, they can drain your funds or manipulate your networks.
Distributed Denial of Service attacks occur when bots flood a site with requests, effectively paralyzing the server.
Protecting Your Network from Cyber Attacks
You can protect your network from cyber attacks by:
- Installing a VPN-capable firewall
- Using different and complex passwords on every site that you visit
- Signing up for multi-factor authentication
- Installing auto-updates, so your security measures are always up-to-date
- Using malware scanners
- Fully encrypting your devices
- Training your team to recognize phishing attempts
- Backing up all of your systems
- Implement a Defense in Depth strategy
- Staying current with IT cyber security news
- Investing in Information Technology Security solution