Be Alert – Any Business Is A Potential Target
Recent news headlines tell it all ….and it is not just government and big business who under attack.
If you believe as a small or medium size business that you would not be of any interest to cyber criminals – please think again.
Any business information is valuable – your intellectual property, your accounts, your contracts, suppliers, customer and employee details.
Imagine critical information about your business becoming available to your competitors or to the highest bidder on the dark web.
Or imagine how would your business cope if you were locked out of your entire IT network unless you paid a ransom demand?
Every business should be on alert especially as cyber-attacks including state sponsored attacks have risen to record levels during the COVID 19 pandemic.
Cyber security is central to ensuring the future of any business – small or large . The cost of protection far outweighs that of falling victim and attempting to recover and resurrect your business after an attack.
The devastating effect of downtime can include permanent damage to data, reputation, customer relationships, and business viability.
The ACSC’s recent advisory identifies two key mitigations which can greatly reduce the risk from the current wave of attacks.
Every business or organisation should ensure that security patches, mitigations or updates are applied to all internet-facing infrastructure, software, operating systems, and devices.
Additionally, where possible, businesses should use the latest versions of software and operating systems.
Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)
Compromising multiple authentication factors presents a significant challenge for cyber-attack. Even if an attacker manages to learn your password, it is useless without also having possession of your additional authentication.
Multi-factor authentication should be applied to every user and IT resource – cloud and on-premises apps, VPN, endpoints, and servers – to block cyber intrusion at multiple points in the attack chain:
- web and cloud-based email
- collaboration platforms
- virtual private network connections
- remote services and devices
Think Technology Australia can assist in protecting your business by considering your vulnerabilities, safeguarding you against the risks, and preparing for the worst possible business disruption with a plan for business continuity and disaster recovery.