Your physical security is certainly more important than your virtual security when it comes down to it. No one would argue that a broken leg is more immediate than a hacked Facebook profile. But many people forget just how linked the two concepts are in this day and age. A wired alarm system is only effective if it’s working properly. If it’s hacked, you’re left as vulnerable as you would be if you’d never installed the control panel to begin with.
If you’re an IT strategist for a school, you’ve probably gone Google – or are planning to do so like thousands of your peers across the U.S. and Canada.
That means you’re investing funds in Chromebooks, which may be a part of a 1:1 initiative of getting a machine to each student in your district.
While it’s true that Chromebooks come with an affordable price tag, going 1:1 means you’re investing in hundreds, maybe thousands of machines. Collectively it is a sizeable investment, and it’s your job to ensure the integrity and security of each machine, as well as your network.
The rise of ransomware has proliferated in recent years due to its remarkable efficiency and steady payouts for criminals. Unsurprisingly, the rise of ransomware is partially due to the hacker’s ability to keep pace with the new software upgrades and barriers that regularly debut. The combination of social engineering and file-encryption is often no match for the IT teams that may only have so much power to effect change in their organization.
If criminals are constantly trying new tactics to break into your current security defenses, is your business doing enough to thwart their efforts? Endpoint security is a huge industry today, but it’s not all that it seems. Vendors may make promising claims, with the truth hidden in the heavy jargon of the fine print: most endpoint security can’t defend against the vast sea of threats.
It’s called Crimeware as a Service, or CaaS, and many hackers are utilizing it over the more traditional hacking methods of the past. The traditional ‘direct attack’ method wasn’t deemed good enough, and as such, many are now leveraging something known as ‘crimeware’ — or paid malware and the like — to lure users who are a bit less tech-savvy and can’t tell the difference.
The separation between IT professionals and management has been long documented and discussed. While lead executives are beginning to open their eyes to the long-term effects of poor network security, there’s still plenty of pushback as to how much money and time they want to devote to protecting their network.
Even as widescale attacks continue to mount, the denial that something catastrophic could happen to their company can be difficult to break down. If you have a boss who continually dismisses the need for more robust security, it may be time to start appealing to a different set of sensibilities.
Cybersecurity is at the forefront of IT news and business strategy for enterprises, and increasingly so for SMBs around the world. There are many factors to consider as it comes to coverage. While cyberattacks spare no industry, your strategy and risk factors may vary.