Identifying Security Vulnerabilities in Businesses
Keeping your business’s network and data safe is critical to continuing your operations and safeguarding your company’s reputation. Yet, with cybercriminals using increasingly sophisticated tools, this is becoming more and more challenging.
Consider the following statistics from Verizon’s 2018 Data Breach Investigations Report. In 2017, there were 53,308 reported security incidents. Of these, 2,216 involved data breaches. Moreover, greater than three-quarters of all breaches were financially motivated.
Knowing this, it should be clear that finding security vulnerabilities in your network before hackers and other cybercriminals can exploit them is critical.
How to Identify Security Vulnerabilities
Over the years, many of our clients have asked us how to find security vulnerabilities in their business network. While the best and safest method is to hire an external IT provider with the expertise and experience to do this for you, there are certain things you — or your internal IT department — can do yourself:
- Check to see if all operating systems and software are up to date. While some of us might find software updates irritating because they can interrupt our workflow or take too long to install, they’re essential for keeping our systems and data safe. Why? Because, although some updates are purely provided to make an operating system or software function better, a lot of them also address vulnerabilities that could be exploited by cybercriminals. For this reason, it’s important to make sure that you — and your staff — always install any updates as soon as possible.
- Evaluate the physical security of your network. Unfortunately, malicious threats from inside your organization can compromise your network and data. For example, an employee with criminal intentions can easily steal data by accessing it on one of your computers. That’s why you should also restrict physical access to computers and external drives that house proprietary and/or sensitive data.
- Ask the right questions. Do you perform regular maintenance on your network? Do you stay informed about the latest cyber threats, such as the most recent types of ransomware and phishing scams? Do you train your employees in cyber hygiene, including strong passwords and regularly changing them? By asking questions like these, you can identify gaps in your cybersecurity protocol and policy.
- Perform a full vulnerability assessment. A vulnerability assessment reviews your entire network for weaknesses. This encompasses not only your infrastructure and on-premise computers, drives and servers, but also any devices that could be exploited. In fact, a comprehensive vulnerability assessment should also include any cloud applications or storage that you use. It also reviews your security measures to make sure they’re comprehensive and robust.
Contact Us to Identify Any Security Vulnerabilities and Keep Your Network Safe
Do you know how to secure your network? If you’re not absolutely sure, why wait until it’s too late? Contact us or call 1-888-477-4284 to discuss how a network vulnerability assessment can help your business. We have more than 20 years of experience helping small to medium-sized businesses find the right technological solutions to keep their systems safe without compromising speed or functionality. Contact us today!