Though it may not be fun to think about, there are many security risks in today's world so Cybersecurity should always be on your mind. Cyber threats are evolving faster every year with no signs of slowing down. The security landscape has become a major minefield that may make businesses like yours want to tuck everything away to avoid fear.
With ever increasing threats translating to $93 billion in cybersecurity spending predicted for 2018, you should seriously think about adding more tech security to your budget. All the threats you've heard about are only going to compound and further evolve.
Let's look at what's on the horizon for the remainder of 2017 and into 2018.
The need for balance
The days of concentrating only on preventing security incidents are behind us. Going forward your security program needs to include monitoring/detecting security threats as well as having a strong incident response plan in place.
Gartner research vice president Earl Perkins recommends that you “Take the money you’re spending on prevention and begin to drive it more equitably to detection and response because the truth is that you won’t be able to stop every threat and you need to get over it.”
There is not a silver bullet that will make you 100% secure. While traditional prevention methods like antivirus still have a place, the strongest security programs today include multiple layers that cover many threat vectors and also include a comprehensive monitoring component.
More Mobile Security Vulnerabilities
If you use a BYOD system in your workplace, then you likely have employees already working in the field with mobile devices. When the coming year arrives, expect to take on mounting security challenges related to you and your clients.
Hackers constantly try to steal this data to sell on the black market, which leads to potentially stolen identities. The only way to solve it is to create better passwords, better monitoring, and using reliable encryption.
A quality IT management service keeping up with trends provides this for you.
More Phishing Attacks
There isn't any question that phishing attacks become more sophisticated every day. They're more apt to fool you in the coming year as hackers attempt to make phishing links look legit in emails.
Most malicious are spear phishers that target specific companies. One way to avoid them is to not overshare content you're not sure about. Regardless, the problem is far too many phishing emails look like they're from a trusted source.
Again, with a good IT management team, they'll weed this out before you open the email.
There isn't any bigger threat now and into the coming year than ransomware. It's only going to continue to evolve into 2018 and hold essential company data hostage. Even though security software vendors have new products coming out intended to better fight ransomware, you can't expect one program to keep watch completely.
You need a reliable IT service provider that utilizes a multilayered approach that monitors your systems to help you avoid threats and if needed remediates them quickly. This is what we do for all of our clients at Omni Strategic Technologies.
Contact us to discuss scheduling a thorough Cybersecurity assessment so you have a complete picture of your security and compliance readiness.