Cybercrime shows no signs of slowing down, so it’s imperative that businesses take measures to protect their networks. However, many still fail to do so, despite the obvious and well-publicized risks. A plethora of companies don’t bother to implement basic defense measures to protect themselves from common cyber threats, such as malware, phishing, man-in-the-middle attacks, distributed denial-of-service, SQL injections, and zero-day exploits. Employees also shoulder a share of the blame by not complying with best practices when it comes to their passwords.
Perhaps most insidious of all to businesses—yet often overlooked—is the inside threat presented by its own employees. While a malicious insider seeking to cause a company harm for retribution or their own personal gain can indeed compromise your sensitive data, businesses must also protect themselves against accidental data breaches due to inadvertent negligence. Sixty percent of respondents to the Ponemon study cited a negligent employee or contractor as the root cause of a security breach. Regardless of whether the breach was due to intentional or unintentional actions, the effects can be devastating to an organization.
Despite all of the threats businesses face today, there are ways to combat cyberattacks and protect your data and networks. Many of these risks can be mitigated by implementing appropriate defense measures, maintaining solid security practices, and increasing employee awareness through education and training. If you’d like help facilitating any of the above to remove vulnerabilities within your company, contact us today to speak to one of our cybersecurity experts.
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