Cyber Security

What is Cyber Security?

Due to evolving cyber security threats, an information system that was secure yesterday might be susceptible to a security breach today. It also only takes one intrusion to end a business. You need to be sure that your company’s data is as secure as its tangible assets on a consistent basis. How can you ensure total network security?

Cyber Security and Risk Management

The best approach to information security is a proactive one. It starts with a security risk assessment to determine where threats may appear in your network. After evaluation, security services, data and communication encryption and security awareness training for your employees should be considered.

At Portsmouth Computer Group, our team of cyber security specialists provide you with a no-cost, risk-free cyber security assessment and many other security services.

PCG is extremely responsive when I ask for help. We have developed a great partnership over the years together and I feel I always get the guidance I need for keeping our networks running smoothly. We never use to take Security seriously, but PCG was persistent to let us know the risks and why protecting our assets was essential when handing critical client data.

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Role of a Cyber Security Specialist

At PCG, we offer a variety of risk assessment and threat management services for small businesses to protect them from the dangers of poor cyber security. Each of the following services has a different but equally significant impact on your overall security.

  • Security Risk Assessment – A security risk assessment allows you to get a big picture of the current state of your network. This assessment will help you determine the next steps that need to be taken to secure your network. You’ll also have a better understanding of which security services are a good fit.
  • Security as a Service – Managed security services add a human element to an otherwise digitally focused protection plan. Network security specialists address events as they occur and assist in getting your business back on its feet. As risks emerge, notifications are sent to both you and your security experts.
  • Email Security – Some of a business’ most private data is transferred each day via email. These communications should be encrypted from beginning to end. Additionally, the receiver should verify identity before accessing this data. Multi-factor authentication can also help enhance your email security.
  • Security Awareness Training – You can discourage employees from bringing about unwanted cyber security threats by offering training on how to spot them. This should include more than just written documentation. Employees should be trained directly by experts on the latest technology and threats.

Home Workers Bringing Rapid Growth in Cyberattacks on Businesses

The Covid-19 pandemic has forced large numbers of workers to start working from home, and in so doing has triggered a rapid rise in cybercrime. Home workers are far more vulnerable to attacks of various kinds, and by attacking them, cybercriminals can gain access to your corporate resources. Once they have access, ransomware or data theft can become a serious threat to your business.

Companies falling victim to rising ransomware attacks (August 19, 2020)

Cyberattacks are far from rare, but they saw an unprecedented spike in 2020. Large-scale attacks are up 273% in the first quarter of 2020, with ransomware rising by 90%. This spike in cybercrime is most likely due to cybersecurity challenges amid the ongoing pandemic. The Sapiens cyberattack came as hundreds of its employees moved to remote work, creating new vulnerabilities. Companies have to reconfigure their security to work on employees’ personal devices on their home networks, which can create an opportunity for hackers. Even if a company handles the shift to remote work well, there’s still the human element to consider. With all the confusion surrounding COVID-19, people may be more likely to click on any email or link that promises answers or support. Most ransomware comes from phishing emails like this, so panicked people are much more vulnerable.

If your business has home workers there are five critical steps you need to take to ensure they don’t endanger your entire business. To learn more, click here for PCG’s white paper on protecting a business with home workers.

Get Network Security Today

We are prepared to protect your business from potential security threats and help you spot potential risks with ease. Contact us at PCG today to schedule your no-cost, no-obligation security risk assessment.