“Why do I need information security for my business?”
“Why would someone want to access my information?”
“We’re not a bank.”
“We’re not a hospital.”
“We’re not the government.”
Why Every Business Needs Information Security
These days, you don’t need to be a high-profile organization to become a target for hackers. All you need to attract unwanted attention is an internet connection.
“Why would anyone want to break into our network?”
From boredom to corporate or government espionage to simply the knowledge that they can, there are a plethora of reasons that hackers seek access to information. A few of the key reasons that should concern all of us are:
- Identity Theft
- Mobile Applications
- The Internet of Things
Is Identity Theft Easy for Cybercriminals?
We all know what identity theft is. In fact, many of us even know someone who has experienced it. It’s very easy to click on a web link, order something from our favorite internet superstore, or innocuously pass along some of the most basic information about ourselves on social media. But why does that make work a target for identity theft? Simple—the numbers work in the hacker’s favor rather than your business. The sheer number of individual internet-based transactions (web browsing, reading and responding to email, performing daily tasks) increase the likelihood that your users will inadvertently allow something they shouldn’t. Intruders count on that behavior. Home users need to be diligent as well. Good practice at home makes for good practice at work. So watch those links you’re clicking on carefully, closely examine those emails and who they’re from, don’t download any unknown documents or files, and keep unknown devices (USB drives, etc.) out of your machines.
Why Do Hackers Target Mobile Applications?
Mobile applications are even a target for malicious activity. How many of you check your bank balances from your mobile devices, or log into your credit card app to pay the bill, or look at this month’s rewards or cash back? If you’re doing it from a public wireless network, your mobile device is now on a network that’s accessible not just from other mobile devices but from any device that can access that network. Public networks are generally not policed and are a great place for hackers trying to get a glimpse of somebody else’s information to hang out.
What Does the Internet of Things Mean for My Data?
Mobility isn’t limited to just phones. The recent development of the Internet of Things shows us that everything is connected—data centers, desktops, laptops, mobile devices, and televisions, to name a few. That’s a lot to watch to maintain the security of your personal and business information. And intruders are counting on you not watching everything at once, which makes anything and everything a prime target for malicious actors. The brick-and-mortar business model is now permanently augmented by users accessing the network from anywhere—home, hotels, airports, restaurants, pretty much anywhere there’s a network or WIFI connection. That makes a BYOD (bring your own device) environment a target-rich environment for hackers to pick and choose from.
Information Security for Businesses in New York State
We know it’s not your job to be security-focused 24×7, and we’re not the only ones. Hackers, intruders, and anyone else who’s trying to gain unauthorized access to your devices or networks know it too. In fact, they’re counting on it. That’s why M.A. Polce’s dedicated security practice has managed detection and response (MDR) at its core. MDR is a next-gen, managed service that couples artificial intelligence (AI) and human intervention to provide constant network monitoring so your network infrastructure is guarded 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Our managed cybersecurity services in New York are a practical and cost-effective way to be proactive and stay ahead of potential security issues around-the-clock. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you deploy advanced security and threat protection measures like MDR in your environment.
Contact us today to learn more about our security solutions and how they can help prevent hackers from accessing your network.