The Internet of Things
IOT technology is poised to change the world, and has already had a pretty good go at it. The ability for more and more devices to connect with one another is set to achieve some pretty incredible things, but it’s also opened up a whole new kind of cybersecurity threat. When hackers are able to access and connect to, say, a smartwatch, it can give them access to all kinds of sensitive data, and allow them to steal someone’s identity with major consequences. Furthermore, if they can link enough devices to a malicious botnet, it can allow hackers to attack whole domain name systems. You just need to make sure you’re being smart and vigilant about the whole issue. Because IOT tech is so new, good security practices are still being developed at commercial and consumer levels. Find out the level of risk you’re up against, and the best defense against it. You can read more on this at Tech Republic.
Your Own Employees
No one wans to consider the possibility that their own staff could be hurting the business. However, this is a very real possibility, and one which you’re going to need to protect yourself against from here on. Human error is often the root cause of a lot of small business breaches, where trusted, but simply unwitting employees let sensitive data fall into the wrong hands. Occasionally, employees will actually go out of their way to leak passwords for personal gain, or be the hackers themselves! As with a lot of threats, the best way to combat this is prevention. In all your future recruitment drives, make sure you’re running background checks using third-party companies Ten Intelligence. Aside from that, you should be focussing on your most valuable assets, applying deep analytics to pick up on behavioral patterns, and generally getting to know your staff.
Often, the biggest security threat facing a small business is their own failure to make sure they’re up to date with the latest security standards. What was a great security practice a few years ago may be completely useless today. Just like cybersecurity companies, your average hacker is going to be constantly on the lookout for new vulnerabilities. They’d be delighted to come across a company that has weak, outdated security which they know how to get around. Make sure you’re using cybersecurity software that’s on par with modern standards, and maintaining up-to-date best practices within the company. Good firewalls, strong and regularly changed passwords, and other seemingly simple measures can make all the difference in the long run.
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