Think of your business as a bank
If you owned a bank, would you only use a single lock and key to safeguard the money in the vault? The answer to that question is most likely a no. You would probably have different layers of security, right?
If you answered yes, I would highly recommend not opening a bank…
If you owned a bank then you would usually have a couple of locks on the front door, CCTV everywhere, motion-detecting alarm systems, key codes, areas you may need to swipe an identification card, combinations to unlock a vault and so on. All of this together will make it really hard for someone to try and force access to your vault. Of course, they may be able to get passed one layer of security, but there is always another security measure to stop them.
You can probably see where I am going with this from an IT perspective… But I will continue anyway. If your business was the bank, your network is the vault and your data is the money. Would you protect your clients and employees most valuable data with just a username and a password? “Absolutely not!” I hear you say. Well, you are correct, but a surprising amount of businesses do not safeguard their data in an effective way, and this leaves them prone to even the most basic Cyber-Attacks.
Obviously, you can’t secure a server in the same way you would with a bank. But there are some similarities. Let me explain; in a physical sense, you need to protect your server. A locked server room with limited access is ideal (a room that needs a key, code, swipe card or fingerprint etc), you can even put a CCTV camera in there that notifies key members of your team when someone enters the room. This will hinder someone from breaking into your building and forcing access to your business data, which is actually more common than you may think.
You also need to be safe from non-physical attacks as not all criminals will break into your building. These people are smart and will create malicious software (commonly sent via email) that is installed onto one of your machines, this creates a ‘backdoor’ into your network. Cybercriminals can then enter the backdoor whenever they please and potentially gain access to your critical data. These criminals also have other methods of obtaining important information that will enable them to penetrate your infrastructure.
What can you do about this?
“How do I prevent this?” You are probably thinking to yourself. Well, to be completely honest, you can never be 100% safe. For a real-life example of this, look at the Hatton Garden Heist; in which a group of ‘older’ men broke into an underground safe deposit box facility. They disabled the alarms and CCTV, got into the building, realised they needed better tools, left the building, got some better tools, continued to drill through the wall and gained access to millions of pounds worth of jewellery, money, watches etc. Yes, you are correct, you cannot physically drill through a firewall and some of their other steps aren’t really relevant to an IT system, but it goes to show that there is always a way through security. You, as a business, just have to protect yourself as much as possible and prevent 99% of criminals from doing any damage.
So, we have put together a 16 Point Guide to IT Security that highlights the main areas of security that are recommended to keep a business as safe as can be. You can download the guide here. Or scroll back up the page and have a look. Some of this is quite wordy, so I would strongly recommend you to contact us if you want us to explain anything.
By implementing multiple layers of security, you are going to stop the majority of cybercriminals from causing you any damage, they may be able to get through some layers of security but not all of them. Most of the time hackers are lazy and if they see there is another security measure in place they tend to move on to the next target! So, unless you have been targeted by an extremely skilled group of hackers, you can rest easy knowing that your business data (and your customer’s data) is as secure as possible.
Yet another benefit to having these layers in place is GDPR compliance as you are now 100% liable for the safeguarding of your customer’s data. If your security is not up to par and you are the target of a cyber-attack, it is likely that there will be a data breach. Which then has to be reported and your business could face serious repercussions from such an event.
Not Sure What Security Processes You Should Implement?
Luckily for you, LMS Group are experts in all things IT and we are truly passionate about Cyber Security. We provide industry-leading Cyber Security services that range from a Free (No Obligation) IT Assessment, to Cyber Essentials Accreditation and Consultancy, to Managed Cyber Security. So, if you have any worries about trying to find a reputable Cyber Security specialist that really ‘know their onions’ (Get it?… Layers of Security?), look no further than LMS Group.
Now, if you have read this far then you are hopefully starting to understand the importance of cybersecurity and maybe even wanting some more information? Well, if you would like to speak to a true Cyber Security Specialist, please pick up the phone and dial 0330 088 2565. We are always happy to explain our services in an easy to understand manner! With none of the usual IT Jargon that people don’t understand. Alternatively, you can email us by using firstname.lastname@example.org. We also have a website that covers all of our services, so feel free to have a browse around on https://lms.group