Cybersecurity before a crisis hits.

BY: EMMANUEL URIAS

What is cybersecurity?

Cybersecurity is all about protecting internet-based systems. This can include hardware, software, and information. It is the protection from unauthorized access and destruction by cyberattackers.

With the soaring number of business activities going online, provides a leeway for cybercriminals to carry out malicious activities that can harm your business. As such, it is becoming more important for businesses to protect their data and that of their customers. Thankfully, there are a couple of companies that offer cybersecurity services.

Cyber-attack can target your business IT related services, clientele data, IT equipment, etc.  This can lead to unforeseen damages such as loss of money, the company’s integrity and other companies related to your company.

Types of cyber-attacks

Cyber-attacks can happen in several ways:

  • Scareware

This is commonly referred to as a fake security alert. Ideally, it involves cybercriminals sending you pop-up warning you that your system is under attack. Many people fall into the trap by paying for and downloading a software that will “protect” the system.

  • Malware, Trojans, and worms

They are destructive viruses that corrupt and destroy your system. They are spread through emails, malicious websites and instant messaging.

  • Denial-of-service

This form of attack prevents the authorized functionality of the system from performing. The attack exhausts the system resources hence preventing it from carrying out functions as needed. Cybercriminals will request for a ransom for you to gain full control of the system.

Why is cybersecurity important for your business?

With more activities being digitized, more people spend their time online. This is why it is important to observe cybersecurity. Below are reasons why cybersecurity is important:

  • The world is fully mobile

Smartphones have become the norm in our daily lives. With a more tech-savvy generation taking the larger share of business roles, crucial business information is at risk since they store it in their personal devices. It is easy for employees to lose their smartphones which poses a risk of exposing the company’s information.

A stolen or lost phone is easier to hack and access the company’s information. As such, it is necessary to encourage your employees to protect their devices using passwords.

  • People sharing personal information

How many times do your employees share their personal information online? Their bank account, where they work, stay, etc. they are comfortable sharing this information freely. Did you know this can facilitate a leeway for hackers to access crucial information pertaining to your company? I bet you do.

Cybercriminals can lure employees into giving detailed information about your company and in the long run, carry out a schematic attack on your company. It is advisable to remind your employees to mind what they share online since what they share can be used to facilitate a cyber-attack.

Benefits of cybersecurity

Some of the numerous benefits include

  • Protect personal information
  • Facilitates a safe working environment
  • Protects productivity by warding off viruses that slow down computers
  • Fosters confidence in your customers since they can rest assured their data is safely stored

Bottom line

Cybersecurity is a vital component of any successful business. By observing required cybersecurity measures not only is your data safe but it helps boost customer confidence.