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Plug The Holes In Your Business Security Right Now

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24 March 2018. With software security risks now reaching a record high, it’s important to ask whether your business is actually secure. Are there holes in your security? Is there more that you can do to protect your assets and indeed the interests of your customers? This is what we’re going to explore today, examining the new ways the businesses are protected themselves from security threats, pre-emptive strikes as well as some of the biggest threats.

It’s important to be aware that not all security risks are going to hurt you financially. At least, not directly. Some security issues are designed to take down a company in other ways. DNS server hacks are a key example of this. With a DNS server hack, the aim is to take a number of websites off the playing field at the same time. Through this hack, customers will no longer be able to find your site online. Now, this would affect your profit levels, but it is also used to create chaos. For instance, the most recent DNS service attacks targeted sites like the BBC News. You can learn more about this type of hack on www.avg.com.

Before we get into some of the most complex areas of business security, let’s explore some of the most basic ways that you can protect your company.

Keeping security simple

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Well first, you should make sure that your site is running on https and using an SSL. You will notice, if you are viewing our site through chrome that our site does do this. It’s recommended that any site that asks for login information is operating with this interface which these days means that every site online should be using it. That’s why it’s so surprising when you discover that your bank website isn’t on https. Now, they can say that’s because that particular page is separate from the login area, but it doesn’t matter. It still means that page isn’t secure and it does leave a gap in their security. You should certainly think twice about giving information to a site like this that could impact your finances.

The good news is that it’s actually easy to get your site up and running on Https with an SSL certificate. If you don’t know how to do this yourself, a business will be happy to help and compared to other costs, they are more than manageable. In a couple hours, your site will be far more secure. The big benefit is that once you have this, all the information transferred through your site is encrypted. This makes it more difficult, though not impossible, for a hacker to steal that info.

You should also make sure that you are using the cloud servers available from a range of different companies. A lot of people avoid using the cloud because they don’t know how it works. If that’s the case, check out www.icloudlogin.com. There you’ll find the key information you need to get your head around cloud servers, ensuring that you know how to use them and how they work.

Some people argue that keeping information on a piece of hardware is more secure, but this is nonsense. When you store data on a piece of hardware, it is in one place, and this makes it easier to steal. The same can be true if you keep the information on a mobile device.

It’s worth thinking about outsourcing here as well. When you outsource, you are trusting another company with the assets or a particular area of your business. It’s important that you do think about their level of security as well. It should match and exceed yours otherwise this is essentially another hole in the fence, and it can impact a number of different areas of your company including customer data. Essentially, a breach in their security could have a ripple effect on yours.

On top of this, you need to make sure that you are keeping communications secure as well. Obviously, for some businesses such as those operating in the health industry, this is going to be more crucial, and that’s why every interaction between doctors and nurses online needs to be completely HIPAA compliant.

New viruses

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There are a variety of new viruses and trojan software online that you need to be aware of when you are running a company. This should determine the type of software you use as a variety of software companies have admitted they are exposed, including Intel. This is something that you should consider when you are arranging the hardware for your company. Intel have revealed that the security issue has been apparent since as early as 1995 and continues to exist in modern models.

It’s also worth pointing out that in this case, there is no chance of correcting the situation. Once developer suggested that the bug in the system could haunt the company for years.

The good news is that with these viruses, there’s always a software that can beat them. It’s a constantly evolving industry, and tech is always able to adapt and improve. But this is why you need 24-hour support for your business on and offline. It’s crucial that if a hack is detected, it is dealt with as soon as possible, without fail.

Future plans

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Of course, with hacks and security issues becoming so prevalent in business industries it is worth taking a preemptive strike. It’s unlikely that you will be able to prevent or avoid every attack. This just isn’t realistic. What you can do, however, is make sure you are covered financially in the wake of this type of problem.

The right insurance coverage will help here. Be aware that not every insurance plan will provide this type of coverage. As such, it is worth getting in touch with the company and making sure that they will provide financial support in the event of a hack. Otherwise, you may end up with nothing when the worst happens to your company. A hack will always impact your bottom line, so you do need to be prepared. You can find out more about insurance for business hacks on  www.bloomberg.com.

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