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Why is cyber security important in the current climate?

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Pretty much since the dawn of the internet, companies and their data have been at risk. But now, in 2020, cyber security has become more necessary than ever. In the following article, we’ll outline the big reasons why and how your business can protect against them. 

1. The rise of remote work

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The pandemic has defined 2020, forcing more people than ever to work from home. Typically, employees are doing this on their home WiFi, on their own hardware. These usually possess security inferior to a businesss; not ideal when accessing sensitive work documents and private databases. Also, many companies had to make this shift rapidly, meaning that there may have been little time available for educating their employees on how to stay secure whilst remote working. 

2. Hacking tools are becoming more available  

Hacking used to only be performed by hackers. But now layman friendly hacking tools can be found easily on the dark web. This has caused cybercrime to be commercialised and anyone with a Tor browser and poor ethics is free to purchase malware and exploit unfortunate internet users. 

3. IoT is only getting bigger

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Asking why is cyber security important in the current climate? will seem laughable if and or when the internet of things really takes off. The Internet of Things being our physical objects and their entire functionality interwoven with the internet. Businesses are currently using a range of IoT solutions to optimise their current operations. But when the day arrives where everything from elevators to the office fridge is online, the risk of cybercrime is exponential.  

4. Increasingly sophisticated threats 

Just like the flu, computer viruses and malware are always evolvingThey can even surprise some of the most advanced cybersecurity professionals. The only way to stay ahead of these trends is with constant education and staying on top of trends.

5. New legal requirements 

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Another example of why cybersecurity is important in the current climate comes from a slightly different angle, the law might demand thousands from you, should you flout its security regulations. With the arrival of GDPR in recent years, businesses have been forced to take expert care of any personal customer data in their possession. This will involve having periodic cyber security assessments. 

The solutions 

It’s all very well asking why is cyber security important in the current climate? But without following up and asking what these cyber security solutions actually look like, then your business is still vulnerable.  

The first port of call is to give your team cyber security awareness training. Hackers know that the weakest point of any business’s defence is its workforce. Hence the popularity of phishing scams. Beyond that, having a solid backup and disaster recovery plan can protect a business from the worst.

If ransomware infects your systems, you won’t even need to think about paying to get your data back. Simply wipe your disks clean and restore. There are also plenty more cyber security no brainers that should go without saying. Namely having a strong password policy that combines multi factor authentication with regular password changes and introducing the use of VPNs to your employees' remote work habits.

Yes, the need for cyber security has certainly ramped up in recent months. However, every solution to every problem outlined above is something every business should be doing anyway. Like washing your hands or going to the dentist, it’s just good practice. 

 

Speak to CMI Cyber Security experts today to discuss any concerns you may have and how we can help alleviate them 

 

Graham Stead

Written by Graham Stead

Graham Stead is Client Relationship Director at CMI Limited, and has worked in the IT industry for over 30 years. Starting his IT career as an engineer for Hewlett-Packard, Graham later started his own business which he sold to CMI in 2016. As Client Relationship Director, Graham is responsible at CMI for ensuring our clients receive expert commercial IT advice that a modern business demands.

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