In the digital age, companies depend on computerised systems as the most effective and convenient solution to the storage and retrieval of information. In spite of this reliance, though, surprisingly little thought is given to the impact of losing information or allowing unauthorised access to it.
Any business or operation that uses computers to store data will probably agree that the value of the information they have stored far exceeds the capital costs of the equipment – but how many have actually implemented adequate security measures?
This blithe attitude to information security means that many organizations are left vulnerable to attack or exploitation from sources both internal and external. That is why it is essential to adopt a rigid network security policy and implement robust security measures throughout your company.
Did you know:
Two thirds of UK businesses have suffered at least one premeditated or malicious security incident, i.e. an event that could cause catastrophic damage to the business, such as an Internet attack.
The average cost to an SME of dealing with a serious security incident is roughly £50,000 whilst the costs to larger businesses are much greater.
It takes the majority of small businesses between six and twelve person/days to respond to their worst incident, but some businesses have security incidents that take more than 40 person/days to address.
(Source: DTI Information Security Breaches Survey 2013)
But it's not just competitors or disgruntled staff that companies need to secure against. Many Cyber Criminals are opportunistic, scanning the Internet for vulnerable systems and attacking indiscriminately. These hackers take the easiest, most convenient route and exploit both well-known and newly found flaws with the most effective (and widely available) attack tools.
Cyber Criminals prey on organisations that fail to take a pro-active approach to network security, and it's these organizations who invariably suffer (sometimes disastrous) data losses.
So, in short:
- Take information security seriously
- Adopt a rigid network security policy
- Implement robust security measures throughout your company