Cyber security has quickly become one of the most crucial, pressing issues in modern life: businesses are being targeted with large-scale data breaches, individuals are being sent fraudulent emails every day and more and more of our personal information is being entered into remote databases across the web and world. We’re putting our trust in technology as it leads us toward a faster, more fluid business environment, yet we can often be caught off-guard by threats that are executed at the times that we least expect.
Types of Cyber Attacks & Motives
Despite their recent media coverage, it isn’t only data breaches that constitute as cyber attacks, in fact there are many other malicious methods used to get into an end point or system. Cyber criminals can have many motives and goals when carrying out an attack, these can be:
- Device compromise – to obtain total control of a device using root credentials
- Service disruption – to disrupt or prevent a device from performing
- Information theft – to steal and expose sensitive data
- Bad data submission – to upload and submit incorrect data to an established platform
- Advanced Persistent Threat (APT) – to access a device over an extended period of time
How a cyber criminal reaches these end goal through a number of methods, some of these are:
- Trojan Horse – a program containing hidden code that aims to perform harmful effects to your system.
- Virus – a device that attaches itself to programs and replicates onto programs and hard disks, corrupting the system.
- Worm – similar to a virus, but can travel without human intervention.
- Social Engineering – ‘Click-bait’ that tricks users into compromising their own systems and data (e.g spam e-mail)
- Time bomb / logic bomb – malware set to ‘activate’ when certain conditions are met or time has passed.
- Denial-of-service attack – an attack that results in the loss of a service to users, either by overload or crash.
How Can we Protect our Data?
Besides the moral issue of who to blame, there isn’t an easy system for reversing the damage of a cyber-attack either – if data is stolen, it may be destroyed, or corrupted. Having the right security solutions in place, as well as remaining aware of threats such as phishing emails.
Protect Your Business with a Layered Approach
Perhaps the most effective approach, is a multi-tiered approach which implements security measures at all layers of your infrastructure. This method, using the next generation of security products, ensures that protection is provided at multiple vulnerable points in a system, creating layers of security. A multi-layered approach may utilise an email spam filter, a cloud security solution and local security on the edge of your network:
You may then add in a desktop antivirus and a dedicated backup and replication solution to easily allow you to revert back to previous states in your servers. So to summarise:
- Email security: checks for incoming mail, unrecognised email addresses etc
- Cloud security: provides protection for connected cloud services/helps to stop viruses getting in through the cloud.
- Local security: protects and secures the edge of your local network.
- Backup and replication plan: not a security solution per se, but is an important aspect of any business looking to retain and secure data.
PULSE Security is our specialist monitoring service, which puts the safety of your IT infrastructure in the hands of our experts. We understand that security is a time-consuming task, and while it is crucial for the safety of your business, it isn’t always one that directly drives you forward in any business-specific way. With this in mind, we offer PULSE for Security as a way of taking that workload away from you. Using custom software, our team of security specialists can track down any threats and be alerted to suspicious-looking changes in the ecosystem of your infrastructure.
The PULSE Security all-in-one platform not only allows us to assess vulnerabilities and threats to your business, it also provides analytics and insights for in-depth reporting. With features such as live security incident reporting, file integrity monitoring and vulnerability scanning, PULSE Security is a secure system designed to keep threats at bay and deliver maximum uptime.
Other Essential Security Solutions & Products
We can offer a range of security products from our partners to be used as part of your custom solution, such as: McAfee antivirus software, Sophos Unified Threat Management systems, Everycloud email spam filtering, Symantec security solutions and many more.
If you’re interested in finding out more about a security solution that works for your business, call us on 0345 345 1110 or email us here.