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Cyber Security – Some Practical Thoughts for Your Business

Do you want to avoid catastrophe?  Did we really just ask this question? Of course you do! Cybercrime is at an all-time high, and we haven’t hit the ceiling yet. As a matter of fact, experts believe that in five years’ time underworld gangs will have much more advanced tools with which they can exploit vulnerabilities in business and extort hundreds of millions of dollars.  Yes, underworld gangs.  We can’t make this up.

As a matter of fact, it is estimated that $800.49 million was stolen or extorted in 2014 using various methods of cybercrime.

Unfortunately, if you are the owner of a small to mid-size business, you are in the crosshairs of the cyber criminal. Why? Because the bigger corporations have been proactive in getting their network security in place and monitoring it constantly for anomalies. Small to mid-size business, however, is behind the curve, making it an easier target.

What are they after? Well, yes…money. But it goes further than that to YOUR data. What is truly valuable to the criminal is your databanks of customer names, credit card numbers, buying histories, etc… These can be sold on the black market to those who specialize in making money via identity theft.

Looking for the cyber-security expertise to help your company strengthen its security posture? Contact the Tier One Technology Partners team today at (443) 589--1150 or info@tieroneit.com

So, what do you do to protect vital data?

  • Layered Security – Criminals know their way around out-of-the-shelf security solutions.  Because every company – and every individual part of a company – has different security needs and vulnerabilities, a tailored / layered system is in order. By customizing each security solution component, you make the criminal’s job much harder to accomplish.
  •  Give the Job to the Right Team – Getting the right people on board to secure your business is essential. Choosing people who have a proven track record in the industry and have references that stand up to scrutiny is worth the time it takes. Don’t undervalue your business by hiring the first I.T. company that comes knocking on your door. Do your homework and find a team that will be a good long-term fit.
  • Buy in SSL certificates. The reputation of your website relies on your ability to keep sensitive client information private. An SSL certificate ensures that important information like credit cards and answers to identity questions are encrypted to keep them from prying eyes.
  • Implement two-factor authentication –  Logging into accounts, devices, and applications can be tedious, and asking people to put in two different identification codes may seem like overkill. However, two-factor authentication has proven to be effective in preventing password theft and illegitimate use of accounts and computers.

The most important factor in cyber security is being consistently proactive. The sooner that you and your company can get out in front of this looming disaster, the better your chances will be against the coming tidal wave of cyber-crime.

Contact the Tier One Technology Partners team today and partner with us to secure your business against the cyber-threats that endanger your business and your future. (443) 589--1150 or info@tieroneit.com.

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