IT security

IT Security – What Do You Need To Be Aware Of?

Cyber Security

It’s very important to have internet security in place and if you don’t have enough money set aside for set up then you probably won’t have enough to pay for a professional IT security service.

First off, what’s wrong with having it free?

Well let’s consider two options:

Either way, you still have to spend money to do it right. Setting up a business and a security system at the same time, right? So let’s look at the options again:

Now we can definitely see that eradicating the security system is much cheaper than setting up the business. But is it really? Look at these two quotes:

As we all know, the main reason for this (besides protection reasons) is the fact that the enterprise IT system is very complex and will require large investments over a long time. Simply put, it is not a business worth pursuing if it’s simply “ok”.

Let’s now take a look at the second option (bridging the gap) and see if we can’t make a business out of it.

Hackers & security

“Simple is best” it seems to say. If you spend your time thinking instead of reacting, you’ll get better at your business. That’s probably the case, but only if you stop and take a good, long hard look at the security system.

Place your security system in an environment where it can grow unfriendly to hackers. Make sure you have a strong firewall and an intrusion detection system. Along with that, you’ll need to spend time monitoring your network. This will require a certain amount of organization and management skills, but it’s a start.

Beware that your new security system might be placing you at risk to additional attacks. Don’t believe the claims of your competitors. Check their systems as well.

Unclear business goals

What is the business purpose behind your internet security system? Is it to prevent breaches of the security system or is it to prevent illegal downloads? (Remember the law firm email hack of everybody’s favourite attorney). Unfortunately, if it is preventing illegal downloads, you might as well be locked in a sealed room with a cage.

Ask yourself this question: “If the concrete destruction of your business was guaranteed, would you still be running the business?”

Impacts on users

The users of your product or service may feel happy about the changes to their security and peace of mind. However, are they really?

Consider that users of the same service or similar services are already facing security risks. Imagine that a new member of your family hires a programmer to increase the efficiency of the family website. Is that person under no obligation to you?

One more example. Recently, I have had a number of instances of infected client computers. In each case, the owner of the infected computer was not happy about having to deal with the problem and lost revenue as a result.

Instead of blaming the client, I suggested (and hope you will bear with me on this) that they change their method of operation and that they consider the source of the infection. Perhaps their webmaster was not aware that the website was infected. Perhaps the webmaster or someone else on the team should have seen the infection but did not realise the implications of the situation. There are a multitude of tools out there that you can use to test your site daily to verify if any code changes have happened when you weren’t expecting – and then to alert you to that fact.

It happens. We forget to be vigilant and then we think nothing of it. It is only after that we discover that the cost of fixing the problem was higher than anticipated. It is only then that you find yourself faced with the problem of trying to prove that the costs were justified and those who benefited from the service did not benefit from you.

Frictional and ethical hacking are techniques that hackers use to try and gain access to computer systems and that involve stealing passwords and other personal information. In other cases, hackers will break into systems to use them to spread malicious software or to launch attacks on other computer systems.

It is a variation on a technique called “social engineering” that involves tricking people into doing something that they want, whether that be building a bridge, paying a deposit on a house, etc. Social engineering is a very specific kind of hacking that usually involves tricking people into doing something that they want, but that they do not really need to do.