Do You Know What The Basic Facts Are When It Comes To Cybersecurity?
In insight / By Mark Flynn / 01 October 2018
There are three basic truths to keep in mind when it comes to cybersecurity. Firstly, no matter what, if you are connected online you are a target for criminals. Even if you only use trusted sites, those sites can be hacked and used to attack you and your business systems.
Take for instance the recent British Airways hack. Scripts were added to the payment page which copied credit card information and sent it to the hackers. BA is a trusted name but this targeted hack was able to steal highly sensitive credit card details for 380,000 users by only hacking one web page.
Alternatively, phishing scams attempt to use tricks to make you think they are a trusted person at your bank or a firm you do business with by sending out emails that look like the real thing. Thousands of these messages are sent out and it only takes one person to slip up and the hacker is in and freely walking the digital corridors of your business.
Secondly, no systems are safe from being hacked. Some people think that Apple products can’t be hacked but that’s just not true. Microsoft Windows products tend to be associated with business rather than Macs and as such more people are drawn to hacking PCs in the hopes of getting more money.
If a hacker is targeting you specifically then it doesn’t matter what security solutions you use, it will only be a matter of time before they get in. What's important is to make it as difficult as possible, making the target on your back as small as possible, so that the hackers gets bored and moves on to an easier target.
Lastly, remember that you are never too small to be hacked. Take for instance this case where a farm in Scotland was hacked and had several thousand pounds stolen. This was just a small family run farm but they were still hacked because hackers will always smell easy prey and take full advantage.
In summary, hacking is done on an industrial scale and the vast majority of it is opportunistic, so make sure you start by understanding every business is a target, even if you think your business is too "boring" to be of interest to hackers. Finally, train your people to be vigilant at all times because they are typically your weakest link when it comes to protecting your business from cybercrime.
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