Your Guide to Fighting Cybercrime

securityCyber security is something everyone should be concerned about. From the individual worried about data theft and identity fraud, to big business dependent on ensuring their collaterals are well protected, data security has never been a more paramount concern.

As security attacks and data theft tactics become increasingly more sophisticated, it is important your business’s security protocols and advancing measures protect you and your customers from such threats.

Having said that – it was recently reported that an increasing number of business are neglecting even basic security measures, leaving themselves wide open for attack. For smaller businesses and start-ups, this can lead to potentially devastating results, losing you corporate reputation and drastically affecting your relationship with customers.

What Are the Common Concerns?

A lot of businesses feel overwhelmed when it comes to the world of cyber security. It’s true that there’s much to consider, but it’s pivotal that the key questions are asked to determine your individual security strategy:

  • Which tools are the best for you and your business to prevent cybercrime attacks?
  • What are the latest cyber attack types out there, including ransomware threats and how can you protect your business against these?
  • Do you have a protocol and response plan in place?

No matter what size your business, you’ll need to ensure you have a protocol and response plan in place if you do ever suspect you’ve been the victim of a cyber attack. For any sized organisation, deciding who takes charge of online security is a key consideration. Too many companies are reliant on basic measures to protect them online, but there’s much more to consider than simply installing a firewall or suite of anti-virus software if you’re serious about making your data security as impenetrable as possible.

Your Guide to Data Security

Even for those organisations employing strict data protection measures, keeping information safeguarded is still a tricky task. With attacks becoming increasingly more sophisticated, it’s important your protection is consistently up to date in order to keep up with the evolving nature of intrusions and data theft.

Even the latest suites of software can have known weaknesses, and just one weak point can bring the whole barrier crashing down. In order to effectively manage protection against cyber attacks, you’ll need to approach the matter from multiple perspectives.

How to Prevent Security Attacks

Relying on multiple pieces of software means you’re open to multiple breaches in security. Rather than individually update and maintain security for each item, patch management approaches can be a time efficient and cost effective way of employing reliable security updates. Depending on the size of your company, you should always look to employ at least one dedicated IT professional to manage this task for you.

If you can’t allocate internal resources, consider approaching a third party agency to do this for a nominal fee. Likewise, keeping a keen oversight of the hardware you’re using is crucial. Don’t leave yourself exposed with technology that’s not compatible with the latest innovations to protect against threats. It might mean some capital investment to begin with, but proofing yourself against cybercrime pays off in the long run. Your personnel should also be considered when thinking about online security. Educate your team on threats and risks to look out for, and instill strict security protocols for everyone to adhere to. A single mistake can incur enormous costs to your business. Nip poor practice in the bud before it becomes a bigger issue.

Identifying and Responding to an Attack

Make sure your detection methods are fast enough for you to do something about it, should the worse happen. Simple anti-virus solutions are all well and good, but you’ll need unified intrusion detection systems to monitor multiple points of attacks and intrusion attempts.

Consider solutions that look for everything from SMB probes to port scans, ensuring nothing is left to chance. Should the worst happen, make sure you have a plan of action on how to respond to threats. Make sure you’ve a backup and restoration plan in place, and brief key members of personnel on how to respond to ransom-ware scams. If you are unfortunate enough to fall foul of a security breach, you’ll also need to reconsider all your current security protocols, however airtight they seem.

Secure Online Trading with Adeo Group

One of the many aims of the Ecommerce websites built using Redback (Adeo Group’s bespoke platform) is online security. Our team work hard to keep our software and servers updated and secure. Plus, our team are on hand to help with any security issues.

When it comes to Ecommerce, SSL Partners are arguably among the most important companies on the internet. Without SSL Partners, buying and selling online would be almost impossible. Adeo Group have chosen to partner with GeoTrust, a long standing provider of SSL certificates, simply because they are the very best at what they do. We also have experience in SagePay integration, a system many of our clients choose to use to provide simple and universal payment solutions. SagePay makes online payment processing secure and hassle-free for your customers.

For more information about how we build secure online shops why not drop us an email: info@adeogroup.co.uk or call us: 0141 218 4422

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