Protect Your Business from Cybercriminals and Ransomware with Proactive Management
Rhode Island Network Security Solutions
2020 was a crazy year! Think of all the changes we went through, and the remaining changes to our lives as a result. Out of it all, one of the most disturbing changes was the organization of cybercriminals from all corners of the globe into virtual crime syndicates.
Some are state sponsored groups of hackers bent on undermining the United States. Others are only interested in the massive amounts of money they can make by infiltrating businesses networks, encrypting all their data, and holding it ransom.
Imagine if you suddenly couldn’t access your bids, your emails, your accounting software, any of your devices, nothing. And you were being extorted to pay $40,000 – $70,000,000 to get your data back.
It happens every day. Thousands of times a day.
Why You Need A Solid Network Security Solution
It’s easy to think it’s not going to happen to you. But the odds are, 1 in 5 small business networks will be compromised this year. Over a five-year period, the odds of you being the victim of a network breach are over 80%.
Sure, it’s possible that the criminals could just access your Facebook ad account, lock you out of it, steal your credit card number and run thousands of dollars worth of fake ads. That would be an example of a best-case scenario.
But what if they get access to your client information. Your clients credit card numbers and bank account information … your bank account information! And they locked you out of it.
Events like these can get very bad, very fast! Caused by relaxed or non-existent security policies and procedures.
But there’s an interesting modus operandi of cybercriminals. They go after the easy targets. They prey on the weak.
It’s impossible to make your business network impenetrable. It must be open to some extent in order to allow your employees to connect to it, each other, share files and access software.
But you can protect your network by making it difficult to access. By making it more agile and difficult to catch and pin down.
It will make you unattractive to cybercriminals and they will go after easier prey.
Network Security In A Changing Environment
2020 also saw a world-wide shift to remote work which has had a dramatic effect on cybersecurity and how we as Managed IT Service providers react to it. It has given cybercriminals new opportunities to find holes in your defenses.
And they aren’t just after one small business anymore. They are trying to capture the data of as many businesses as possible in one shot.
They want to access your data and move through your trusted connections to your vendors and clients and capture, control and ransom data back to everyone simultaneously.
This means your connection and association with other businesses puts them at risk as well. And if a bad actor got access to a vendor or a client through your connection … it could be devastating to your business.
While 80% of network security breaches were money motivated. Cybercriminals who perpetrate ransomware attacks are no longer interested in just encrypting your data for extortion. No, they are developing a preference for simply destroying data, and/or threatening to leak your business data so they can force you to pay their ransom.
Network security is an ever-changing landscape. It’s important to be up-to-date with all of the ways hackers can exploit systems. Then constantly monitor your network for these signals and exploits.
Attain Technology is always looking for the latest hack, the latest trend and learning how to mitigate it. This is how we make sure our clients are protected and their data is safe.
The Right Network Security Tool For The Right Job
There are a lot of network security tools out there in the marketplace. Most of them have issues.
Our goal is to provide the best possible service and deliver the best possible protection to our clients. So, we thoroughly vet the tools we use on a continuing basis looking for the best options. What we’ve found is, you get what you pay for. Which is why we use the best tools.
For instance, Anti-virus. All the name brand anti-virus you buy at Office Depot is woefully incomplete. And they not only do a poor job of protecting your computer from viruses, worms, spyware and more, they slow your computer down and eat up all your resources.
We don’t use those anti-virus tools. We use a special, commercial use, low-overhead, high performing application. It is an Artificial Intelligence tool that looks for patterns and watches your specific machine locally and the entire population of computers remotely in the Cloud to identify viruses and all the other nasty hacker scripts they try to run on your system.
Our solutions are more robust, more complete, built for today’s cybersecurity landscape/environment.
We believe in putting the best, premium products in place for your network security. It’s not about the money we spend on IT security, it’s about keeping our clients protected.
Some IT providers do it the cheap way, but that keeps you vulnerable to attack. Our job is to make sure we protect you, your company and your data as best we can.
Network Security With A Remote Workforce
As I discussed previously, one of the changes that 2020 brought us was the shift toward remote work and the need for a more robust security model for remote workers.
Working remotely opens your computer, network, and data to massive vulnerabilities.
The reason is, your home network isn’t secure, and you want to connect to a secure network.
If you use a home computer that doesn’t have the network security tools installed on it and access your company network with it, you have just opened your network to attack, and no one can control or predict the outcome.
Instead, if you were accessing your companies’ network with a company computer that has all of the network security tools installed, and you were connecting to your company network through a Virtual Private Network (VPN), all of the data going back and forth would be encrypted and your computer, network and data would be safe.
It’s straightforward to set up protections and ensure you are safe. It just takes forethought, experience and the right network security technology partner.
When you are ready to work with a company who partners with you and works with you to come up with the best solutions to your technology challenges, call us at 401-250-8871.
We’ll have a quick chat and schedule a technology audit to understand your needs and explain your options so you can choose the best network security posture and cybersecurity solution for you.