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Nov 20, 2017

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Evolve or dissolve - cybercrime threats are real

Businesses are all too often focusing their security efforts in the areas of obvious vulnerability, such as their physical environment and software weaknesses. Whilst all these efforts are certainly not in vain, and all help to make a business more secure, IT professionals have to think beyond their immediate vicinity, and concentrate security safeguarding on their wider network.

Increasingly business networks such as Cloud applications and Internet of Things (IoT) devices, are being targeted for cybercrime, mainly because of the many vulnerabilities and access points that provide the opportunity to not only gain unauthorised access, but to do it almost completely unnoticed.

Social engineering can be seen in a variety of ways such as phishing, and presents a significant threat to a network, attackers are using these tactics to steel or leak data. Failing to address this vulnerability could mean widespread problems for your business.

The bottom line is a cybercrime cleanup is costly and could represent irreparable damage. Therefore, preventative measures are key to combatting the increasing threats to business networks. Proactive prevention is what businesses are opting for, and will proactively stop attackers from gaining network access in the first place.

This in principle sounds so straight forward, you’d be forgiven for thinking ‘why aren’t all businesses doing it?’ Proactive prevention is a little bit like an insurance policy, as it will protect against the unknown – the possibility of a cyber attack. But, it’s not a cheap option. Cost has been cited as the primary reason that businesses will choose to take the risk of an attack, and deal with the clean up afterwards. Although the way cyber criminals are constantly developing new ways to infiltrate business networks, it’s not going to change anytime soon, and certainly creates a strong business case for focusing on proactive prevention.