As technology has become even more central to business operations, hackers have grown in proficiency and are posing several new threats to business owners.
Cyber-attacks, such as malware, have become one of the biggest threats on an organization’s network because of the speed by which these attacks evolve. Cyber security has become one of the fastest changing technologies in response and is constantly vying to remain a step ahead of the threats that face most organizations. While business owners were previously able to avoid most threats by purchasing a strong firewall, hackers have continued to evolve their methods and simply put, a firewall doesn’t offer a sufficient level of protection anymore. As technology continues to move forward, the threats facing organizations have become much more sophisticated, brazen and bold.
One common tactic used by hackers is the coordination of simultaneous attacks to overwhelm any server, LAN (local area network), or other critical endpoint on the network. This overwhelms the endpoint and creates openings for hackers to attack the network during the overload period. Every endpoint is vulnerable to these types of attacks, and hackers can circumvent firewalls through any mobile device or tablet, unless the organization has a Unified Threat Management System that automatically evolves with and is designed to thwart these types of attacks.
Hackers have a malicious goal of accessing and misusing proprietary company data for financial gain. One of the best practices that recommended is triple layered infrastructure protection. This means establishing a layer of security at the edge of the network, another security layer at the desktop and a final layer of security at the LAN. This exponentially reduces the risks facing any enterprise because of the redundant nature of multiple levels of protection. This simple step can save companies thousands of dollars and unnecessary downtime.
Another challenge facing organizations occurs when employees access unauthorized sites and are phished for login credentials, making the network instantly vulnerable. Through guidance and technology, help can be given to customers to control access to certain web sites and automatically prevent employees from interacting with sites that pose security risks to the network. The technology is configured to automatically detect malicious sites and shutdown the threat before any interaction begins.
The question business owners must ask themselves is if they truly believe that a static solution can combat a dynamic problem? In other words, if your firewall hasn’t evolved in the past several years, how can you expect it to keep pace with the evolution of hackers? And more importantly, where does that leave your company data and customers’ sensitive information?