Some people still romanticize the act of hacking because of what they see on TV and in movies, but it’s not the same as it used to be. Some people still picture a Wargames type environment, but things have drastically changed since the 1980s. Not only has hacking changed, but so has the way that people protect their networks and systems against it.
While hacking used to be something only big organizations and governments seemed to have to worry about, it happens more often to normal people now. There have been some big hacking cases to make the news lately that have left the information of millions of people vulnerable and personal information and photographs of celebrities leaked to the public. While these are the types of things that make headlines, there are millions of attempted hacking attacks that you never hear about every single day.
From 2012 to 2013 in a 12-month period, 12.6 million people were the victims of identity theft and hacking. This means that someone is hacked about every 3 seconds around the globe. The vast majority of the attacks taking place attempted to gain access to payment information like credit cards and checking account numbers. They estimate that more than $21 billion was lost because of these incidents.
To prevent your system from getting hacked, there are a few steps that you and your business can take. One of the most simple and important is simply making sure that everyone who has access to the network remembers to change their passwords frequently. This means that if a hacker does get a hold of a list of passwords, they likely will not be active anymore. If the users of your network aren’t adhering to your password policy, you can enact protocols that will require them to change their login information every so often on a calendar that you can determine.
A lot of sensitive information probably goes across the bandwidth of your network and it’s important to make sure that it is protected even if someone does manage to come across it. This is why strong encryption is important. While some routers already come with some degree of encryption, your information technology team can make it even more secure through further encryption methods.
While prevention is important when it comes to keeping your network safe, it’s also just as important to be able to act fast if someone does gain access to your network. This is why your company needs to make sure that they have invested enough time and resources into high-quality network threat detection. If someone is trying to gain access, their actions will likely exhibit certain patterns that can be detected through software.
There are many other steps that you can take to secure your network from the many threats that it may face. Even if your business is relatively small, it’s still important to make sure that your system is kept secure. This isn’t just for the sake of your own information and data, it’s also important in order to keep your customers safe as well.