According to Dial-a-Nerd, cyber security is one of the biggest threats that businesses face. This rapidly growing form of crime – which law enforcement across the world struggles to get a handle on – leaves business owners stressing about the detrimental effects it would have, and how they can protect themselves.
And as a business owner – whether you’re a large corporate or a small start-up – when it comes to IT threats, you need to look inside your business and at your employees’ behaviour.
Here are a few things that you and your employees need to look out for:
If your office is like most around the globe, flash drives are passed between employees, visitors and presenters – posing a significant risk. All it takes to infect your entire network is one malicious file on a flash drive, which could put everything from personal information to your client database in the firing line.
Peer-to-Peer (P2P) file-sharing
While many companies have policies against file-sharing programmes, employees may still have these programmes on their computer to share files with clients or branches. Or, of course, to download that latest episode of their favourite show using your high-speed internet. And they may be unwittingly downloading malware alongside those files.
And as mentioned, there is the small matter of P2P being one of the primary methods of illegally distributing copyrighted material. Imagine the cost (and embarrassment) of the authorities knocking on your door after Bob in accounting has downloaded the latest episode of Game of Thrones.
The major anti-virus vendors release anything from 1200 to 2400 updates per week – and that doesn’t necessarily match the number of new viruses hitting the internet at any given time. Viruses are consistently mutating and evolving – so you need to be protected against that. Make sure that all of your employees are using a good anti-virus programme.
Outdated Microsoft Service Packs
Businesses also need to ensure that the latest Windows patches and security updates are downloaded and installed on all network machines. The WannaCry ransomware attack earlier this year exploited a flaw in Microsoft’s older operating systems. While Microsoft did issue an urgent patch to repair the flaw, organisations as big as the NHS were slow to respond – and were crippled as a result.
Remember Bob’s episode of _Game of Thrones? _Video and music files are an increasingly popular method of sneaking malware into an organisation – another reason to make sure that employees keep their dodgy files off the network.
And while there are thousands of bad guys out there, there are also just as many good guys – including our crew of Nerds. So, need a nerd?
This article first appeared on 702 : How your employees could be compromising your security