Welcome to the Dark Side of the Internet

Welcome to the Dark Side of the Internet

First it was Heartbleed, now Shellshock is on the attack. This deadly new virus has a severity rating of 10 out of 10 and a complexity rating of low - which means it is very easy for attackers to exploit, making this virus much worse than its predecessor.

With this new menace attacking thousands of devices across the UK, it is only appropriate to discuss the importance of cybersecurity in businesses.

In today’s world, businesses rely heavily on their IT systems, from everyday productivity to data storage and even essential business processes. Therefore it is vital when accessing the internet to have something in place to protect your IT infrastructure, as any breach could prove to be disastrous.

Cybersecurity is essential for ensuring your computer-based equipment and data is protected from unauthorised access, manipulation or destruction.

When accessing the internet, you can never be 100% safe. However, most online attacks can be detected, if not prevented, by basic security procedures. By running this alongside effective and efficient processes for your staff, you can protect your IT systems, and ultimately your entire business. Think of it like locking your front door at night, or depositing money into the bank - it is essential you take the relevant steps to ensure your safety.

Cybersecurity goes beyond making sure your anti-virus subscription is up-to-date. It is about understanding and assessing potential online threats and then planning, implementing and reviewing your protection framework.

Plan

With so many areas to consider, the best strategy is to ask yourself (and others in your business) lots of questions, after all, preparation is key.

Here are a few questions to get you started:

  • What are the critical IT elements in your business?
  • What kinds of risks could you be exposed to internally and externally?
  • How would you continue to do business if your IT systems were attacked?
  • How could you manage these risks on an ongoing basis?

Implement

Now you have considered what could potentially go wrong and how your business could be affected, the next stage is to implement new security procedures. This can be from putting the right safeguards in place and training your staff with your new safety processes, or installing any further security systems necessary to coincide with your new cybersecurity plan.

Review

Lastly, checking your security systems and procedures is vital to maintaining your cybersecurity strategy. By monitoring and reviewing all aspects on a regular basis, and taking into account potential new threats, you can rest assured that your business is as protected as possible.

You are probably thinking it will not happen to you (that is what everyone says) - but with the digital world constantly evolving, it opens up opportunities for an increase in volume and sophistication of viruses and malicious software that attackers can use to exploit further vulnerabilities. There will always be a dark side to the internet. It is now, more than ever, a question of how you protect yourself and the procedures you put in place to ensure the safety of your business, your staff and your data.

If you wish to know more, or would like to speak to a security expert, call  the Blue Logic team on 0113 273 9040 or visit www.bluelogic.co.uk.