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Understanding Cyber Security

Cybersecurity is a vital part of our lives and businesses that keeps us protected from digital attacks. Cybersecurity ensures data, programs, networks, and devices are protected from these digital threats and can continue working efficiently.

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Why is Cyber Security Important?

Cybersecurity protects against cyberattacks which seek to compromise an individual or business’s protected data or sensitive information. Cybersecurity is of critical importance because there are so many devices, networks, and programs used by companies on a daily basis, and cyberattacks are using new ways to infiltrate these processes all the time. Successful cyberattacks can result in identity theft on an individual basis or extortion and legal issues for a business. Proper cybersecurity measures should be taken regularly to protect sensitive data and reduce the risk associated with using technology.

Implementing Cyber Security Measures

Cybersecurity includes different forms of protection for your business and its digital assets. First, and most importantly, start with your employees. Your personnel should understand and comply with the digital policies put in place to protect themselves and the company. Basic cybersecurity tips for employees can include strong password practices, backing up data on a regular basis, and only using secured networks for sensitive browsing and sites.

Depending on the types of programs you are using, your business may need different types of cybersecurity elements. These elements include things like website maintenance, data protection, application updates, network and cloud security, as well as mobile security for cellphones and tablets. Your company should implement proper cybersecurity management practices in all aspects of the business and work with IT professionals to ensure these systems are consistently evolving. (Like us! No pressure.)

Planning For Cyberattacks

Cybersecurity for your systems and processes should include protective measures as well as plans for what to do in the case of a successful cyberattack. Like tornadoes in the Midwest or the Susquehanna River flooding in Central PA, it is best practice to view cyberattacks as an inevitable event. It is important to be prepared for the circumstances to keep your business moving forward in the face of a cybersecurity issue.

Types of Cyber Security Threats

The hard truth of cyberattacks is they are continually changing and evolving to outsmart cybersecurity measures. However, there are known threats that can be recognized. Many cyberattack attempts are made through email, and phishing is the main culprit. Phishing emails will appear to come from a reputable source and will attempt to gather sensitive items like login credentials, passwords, and credit card information. Email filters can help remove some of these potential threats, but understanding what a phishing email looks like can be the most effective defense against them. (Follow us on facebook for some examples.)

Other types of cybersecurity threats include malware and ransomware. Ransomware holds sensitive data until a ransom is paid to release it. Malware has the primary intention of causing damage to a computer in order to gain access to information and can be downloaded by clicking infected links or attachments. Both of these risks can be mitigated by education and proper cybersecurity measures.

As technology develops, so do the threats to your cybersecurity. Working closely with a trusted IT team for your cybersecurity can keep your business moving forward, even when the risks become a reality. Cyberattacks can happen to anyone at any time, and it is crucial to utilize the right measures to protect yourself and your business from long term damage.


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