Security in a digital age – Protecting your business from cyber-attacks
Last year, 689 million people worldwide – nearly 14 million in the UK – were victims of cybercrimes. The global economic damage, caused by the loss of data as a result of these attacks, is estimated to be more than £100 billion, and the financial cost to the UK alone amounts to £1.8 billion. Whilst there have been a number of high profile cyber-attacks on large corporations in recent months, small and medium-sized businesses are increasingly becoming viable targets for cybercriminals. In this blog post, we will be outlining the importance of securing your IT infrastructure, as well as providing you with advice on the best way of going about this.
Just under half of UK internet users feel confident in their ability to keep personal information safe online, and with good reason; Symantec’s security experts discovered 430 million new cases of malware in 2015, with a new zero-day attack identified once a week. While cybercrimes used to be mainly about destroying data, attackers are now mostly concerned with profit; selling or exploiting the data. Phishing, drive-by downloads, SCAM or Ransomware – the threats are diverse and ever evolving, making them difficult to spot. These attacks are also increasingly directed against smartphones and tablets; the vulnerability of smartphones was recently revealed by the so-called “Gooligan attack”, where the attackers accessed third-party app stores and gained access to Android devices and Google accounts.
Different devices, little security
As mentioned, whilst the perception may be that larger companies and corporations are at a higher risk of cyber-attacks, this is not exclusively the case; 43 percent of spear phishing attacks were directed against SMBs in 2015, showing a 9 per cent increase from the previous year; suggesting an upward trend. Larger corporations are far more likely to have extensive security systems and measures in place to combat these attacks, whereas security put in place by SMBs is unlikely to be as sophisticated. Following on from this, if employees handle business communication through unsecured smartphones or tablets, data is made extremely vulnerable to attacks, making it even more important to implement protections against online threats and identity theft.
Complete protection for IT infrastructure in just one package
With all this in mind, it is clear that now, more than ever, SMBs need to implement comprehensive security package across all devices, in order to ensure maximum protection. The Norton™ Security Online package offers all-round protection across up to eight devices, including PCs, laptops, tablets and smartphones. The package offers important security adjustments including automatic software updates, and automatically removes viruses, spyware, and other malware. Any new threats are captured in real-time, and powerful security is provided to endpoints.
In addition, any websites that you visit, including any files you download online, are screened for threats such as fraud. If you use a lot of apps when conducting business, you can get support from the “Norton App Advisor“. Before you download an app from the Google Play Store, you’ll be informed about privacy risks, aggressive advertising, and any other unusual behaviour. With the identity protection, the password management of the package, login operations on websites become easier, faster and safer; your data is secured and protected against unauthorised access. A powerful two-way firewall also provides your data with protection against hackers and increases the security of your entire IT infrastructure.
Norton™ Security Online is also available as part of an extended package in the “Business Plus” tariff with, integrated backup function. There is also an assistant feature that guides users through the process; helping you to secure important data and documents. All information about the tariffs and packages can be found here.