Security breaches made hot headline news across all media in 2015. One specific example of stealing personal information on a grand scale was the enormous hack of Anthem Blue Cross where millions of American patients were affected. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons and the growing list of vulnerabilities behind the rising hack-fest in corporate America.
- Hacker groups are now finding it easier to collaborate online, sharing notes on networks such as the “Anonymous.” This loosely associated international network of “Hacktivists” pool ideas on “Internet gatherings” explaining how to exploit vulnerabilities in corporate networks.
- There is an increase in new applications. Many of these applications have yet-to-be-discovered weaknesses by their developers. And sadly, in some cases, weakness are discovered by hackers before companies can realize the exploit point. An example of that was the Windows SChannel flaw, which allowed remote attackers to execute arbitrary code and fully compromise vulnerable systems.
- Then there is the second party gateway. Who else can access your network? Second party suppliers or vendors find a weak point in your network and can access your confidential data. A great example was the massive Target hack, caused by an HVAC vendor who exploited the invoicing application.
- The proliferation and trend of BYOD, or “Bring Your Own Device” to work – laptops, tablets, phablets, smartphones, etc. — present challenges for corporations to restrict access to networks. IT techs work to accommodate the many IP addresses, sub-networks, and a plethora of devices while protecting their networks and data.
- NexusTek’s tech experts view email as one of the biggest portals for security threats. Users may believe that if they limit their exposure to “legitimate” websites they have little or no vulnerability. This false sense of security is exactly what the Crypto virus preys on, posing as a “legitimate” looking emails, such as a government, bank or company like FedEx or UPS. Embedded in the email is a zip file, link or small executable which allows hackers to see what you are doing (entering passwords) or remote control your PC. When the Crypto file is opened it executes a small program that locks all the user’s files and literally holds them for ransom, demanding payment in order to release the files.
With so many malicious forces working against your company and so many elements to control, corporations are challenged each day to protect their networks and their data. Breaches are extremely costly to brand equity, business productivity, compliance penalties and of course, the cost of data theft. Expert protection, support, multiple layers of virus protection and proactive monitoring are your best defense against an attack. A good Managed Service Provider – experts in security and in the latest vulnerability issues – is your trusted ally in keeping your business secure and running smoothly.