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Security Self-Check: The 10 Places To Scan For Cyberthreats

In today’s fully digital business landscape, just the utterance of the word “cybersecurity” is enough to send shivers up the spine of even the most self-assured business leader.

And it’s easy to feel daunted when headlines of the latest hack or breach seems to come on a daily basis — especially so when you realize that some of the most insidious risks come embedded in emails that your employees are receiving right into their inbox.

The numbers don’t lie: Nearly nine in 10 companies worldwide have experienced some sort of “spearphishing” attack; and 95 percent of breaches are caused when a single errant click by an employee awakens a latent security risk.

So what’s at stake when your business loses data or somebody else gains unauthorized access? The far-reaching consequences can include compromised operations or even threats to the company’s financial stability. What’s more: You might be liable for damages and even face legal repercussions.

Make today the day you pledge to take an active role in curbing your risks. Of course, the best hedge is to work with an experienced and insightful security partner like CTI. But knowing where the most likely vulnerabilities exist in your business is a great place to start:

Here are 10 possible vulnerabilities in your business:

oneHuman Error

Human error is a main cause of data breaches. This can involve anything from programming errors and sending data to an incorrect email address to data entry mistakes and incorrect disposal of data. In addition, employees aren’t always as security-conscious as they should be. For example, an employee can easily lose a zip drive with sensitive information — and there’s no knowing who will find it.

twoCriminal Activity Inside Your Organization

Unfortunately, one of the most common and devastating small business vulnerabilities is criminal activity from inside the organization, such as fraud. When you have a small business, it’s often challenging to put the processes in place to prevent data theft or financial fraud.

threeHackers and Other Cybercriminals

There’s no way around it: External threats are extremely dangerous. Hackers are becoming more sophisticated, and they’re finding increasingly more ways to get around firewalls. They’re also methods such as phishing scams to obtain usernames and passwords and gain access to secure networks.

fourUnsecured Endpoints

Most of your employees are likely using smartphones, tablets and other devices to connect to your network. With so many devices coming from unsecure networks to your secure business network, it’s relatively simple for cybercriminals to use them to infiltrate your company’s network.

fiveThird-Party Apps

Not all software is created equal. If you’re using apps that don’t have adequate and up-to-date security, your system could be vulnerable.

sixCloud Storage Apps

Cloud storage can be an appropriate solution for your company — but if the provider doesn’t have good security, your data is at risk. Keep in mind that even the large cloud providers sometimes have security issues, although they are quick to resolve them.

Inadequate Data Backup

Many things can happen to compromise your data, whether it’s a fire that destroys your on-site server or a breach that wipes out your cloud storage. You need to make sure all your data is backed up and can be restored after an incident.

Unprotected Sensitive Data

Your most sensitive data should be password protected, with two-step authentication — at the very minimum. Moreover, it should be encrypted. If it isn’t, it can easily be accessed and compromised.

Stolen or Lost Smartphones or Tablets

Do you allow your employees to use devices for work purposes? If any get stolen or lost, your company is at risk, since unauthorized individuals can use them to log onto your network.

Subpar IT Management

Some small business vulnerabilities are simply due to a lack of funding and knowledge. For example, if you don’t have the budget to hire an experienced in-house IT manager, you’re placing your entire system at risk. A better solution would be to outsource your IT needs.

 

Contact Consolidated Technologies, Inc. for More Information

If you want to learn more about how to prevent business vulnerabilities, contact our team of security specialists. After listening to your concerns and assessing your situation, they will make recommendations to improve your network security. Don’t wait until it’s too late — get your free consultation today!