Bundle Up Your Systems.
The harsh reality is ’tis the season to be hacked. With cyber threats escalating, make sure you’ve got it locked down year end.
There are a number of things that companies can do towards the end of the year to limit the damage to systems and infrastructure and even reduce exposure to incoming attacks during the holiday season.
It’s the Holiday Season, for Hackers too – Attacks will increase during the Holidays.
The holiday season is upon us, good cheer and quality time spent with family and friends, and also an increase in cyber-attacks. Security firms have reported a 150%-200% increase in DDoS attacks during the holidays and phishing scams become an easy in to your network this time of year. Previous reports show phishing attacks surge 250% from Oct to March (source APWG)
What makes the holidays such an enticing time for hackers is pretty clear – the combination of reduced staff, reduced resources, increased vacations and significant upticks in eCommerce and mobile commerce make this time of year too attractive for cyber-criminals to pass up.
Important to know: The 2017 US Department of Defense Science Threat Scale and 2017 Flashpoint Threat Matrix lists Tier 6 through Tier 4 Threat Actors (hackers) aggressively targeting and ramping up efforts to breach and monetize data within the healthcare, legal, financial and energy sectors- with severe to catastrophic impact. (Tier 6 attackers are Nation-State supported with the highest level of technical sophistication.)
Your Data wrapped up with a Big Red Bow
There are a number of reasons why the holidays present the perfect time for hacking efforts to ramp up and pick off the low hanging fruit. Your staff is on vacation, your systems not properly patched, limited monitoring of your network traffic, your employees are opening eholiday cards and shopping online within your network.
Holiday Hacking Trends
Business Email Compromise in particular appears to be an area of rapid growth, with newly-released statistics finding that the various iterations of the BEC scheme have led to some $5.3 billion dollars in losses globally in the period between October 2013 and December 2016. (source flashpoint)
Increased cyber-attacks around the holidays won’t be going away any time soon. In fact, you can expect that based on previous year trends, attacks will increase this year- taking advantage of amplified traffic and decreased resources. Your organization can weather the holiday cyber attack storm by acknowledging the heavy uptick in attacks during the last 3 months of each year, and planning to address those problems head on, rather than “setting and forgetting”.
Tips to Secure:
Do you know who’s on your network? Do you have Network Access Control and Visibility?
Techimon can give you more access control and visibility than ever before while automating the entire process.
Do you have a security policy in place?
If you don’t already have a response plan in place for cyber-attacks and other disasters, add this to your resolutions for 2017. With a plan in place you can accommodate any staffing changes over the holidays. A plan also ensures that everyone knows what to do in the case of an attack, preventing delays in recovery.
Do you have a disaster recovery plan / solution in place?
Is your managed DR really managed? Are quick turn-around solutions ready to go? We have the top DR solutions that will help you enjoy the holidays, with quick data turn-around and accurate reporting. Let Techimon perform a Disaster Recovery Audit to ensure you have the right solution in place.
Do you have an IT person or outsourced IT? Is your network encountering any issues right now?
Are your systems patched and up to date? Is your Managed Services Provider truly capable of protecting your infrastructure? Most small to medium sized businesses struggle with IT due to budget constraints and rely on junior level tech support to provide protection. If your network is encountering the same recurring support tickets, lag, performance issues, its more than likely you have “core security issues” that need to be resolved. Techimon solves the core issues so you can focus on your business, not IT headaches. Our Network and Security Operation Centers provide 24x7x365 support and complete team of expert engineers. We’ll perform a network audit to uncover and extinguish fires that are burning.
Is your firewall consumer or business grade?
If you are using consumer-grade tech, you are not properly protected. Upgrade! Techimon has next-generation firewall and security solutions at affordable rates for small to medium sized businesses.
Have you had a recent Security Gap Assessment?
Is your network up to par? Our industry leading cybersecurity team will analyze and assess any gaps in your security posture. We provide full service network, infrastructure, vulnerability assessments along with penetration testing. It is recommended that you perform a gap analysis at least yearly or if you expand locations or upgrade equipment.
Are your employees trained for cyber attacks and phishing scams?
Cyber Security Education is an absolute must. Employee password and security training is an easy win for your company. Don’t delay.