What Every Business Should Know About Cybersecurity

 In IT Security

Cybersecurity threats have become a regular, ongoing concern for businesses of all sizes around the globe. That is the unfortunate downside to our increased reliance on computer networking and data security for just about anything you can think of: personal identity, financial management, government operations, and an infinite number of other critical data-dependent facets of our daily lives. Does that mean you should take your business offline and toss your computers to save yourself the risk? Definitely not.

It simply means that you should partner with an IT service that stays ahead of the latest threats and where they’re coming from. At Realnets, we’re proud to be that team, and we know that achieving true security requires education. As a business owner, we want you to know who and what is dangerous to your business and what we are doing to protect you from those threats.

What are the most common cybersecurity threats to businesses today?

  • Phishing – When a cybercriminal uses email, social media, or other means to convince you or a member of your team to click on malicious links, share sensitive company data, or download harmful content.
  • Malware – Harmful software that is downloaded to your network.
  • DDoS Attacks – This is a type of attack floods your server with requests to the extent that it slows down or crashes altogether.
  • Ransomware – Ransomware is a very sophisticated form of attack, wherein your device will be encrypted and rendered useless until a ransom is paid.  

This is just the tip of the iceberg, and in most cases, the culprit behind your cybersecurity threat will fall into one of the following categories: a business competitor, a hacker, a terrorist, a member of an organized crime unit, or a malicious foreign government agent.

Why is it so important to protect your business against cyber attacks?

Cyber attacks have the potential to cost your business tremendous assets, both tangible and intangible. For one thing, the cost of recovery (depending on the extent of the damage) can be quite hefty. That alone is enough to put a new or struggling organization out of business, in some cases.

Beyond that, though, is the negative consequences to your professional reputation, brand trust, and the general future of your operations. So much of your business depends on adequate cybersecurity. You truly can’t afford to leave it to chance.

If you are concerned about your company’s cybersecurity and would like to speak with a Realnets IT expert, contact us today at 773.631.6851.

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