During the last few months we have witnessed a great increase in news about computer attacks on companies that have caused great economic losses.
Although in the past these types of attacks were only aimed at large corporations, the speed with which new threats evolve has meant that companies of all sizes are now being targeted by cybercriminals.
The computer security paradigm has changed a lot. Until not so long ago, it was relatively easy to feel protected by an antivirus and an outsourced backup system. Today these models are outdated and need to be updated. There is no point in having signature-based antivirus systems that do not analyze the behavior of ransomware variants. Nor is it useful to have outsourced copies if we do not know whether they are already infected and encrypted.
The questions all managers ask themselves are: Is there any way to be totally safe, do I know what the critical elements of my business are, am I protecting them in the right way, in case of an incident, will I be able to restore them in an acceptable time, do I have my staff trained to detect a threat?
While it is not possible to guarantee the absolute security of information systems, we can try to minimize the risks associated with a cyber attack by developing the following plans:
- Business continuity plan: Identifying the key elements of the business and determining a protection plan and a recovery plan that will allow us to return to normal in the shortest possible time in the event of an incident.
- Cybersecurity plan: Analyzing all the security elements available to the organization and also how the employees interact with the information systems.
- Training plan: It is also very important to determine a continuous training plan for all employees in order to raise awareness of the importance of cyber security, while helping to identify and report possible threats in case the filters set by the company do not detect them.
All this requires a methodology of analysis and implementation of solutions that starts with an adequate diagnosis of the company’s ICT infrastructure, the protection software used, the internal data security policies and the level of training of the employees.
This analysis will allow us to detect those weak points that would facilitate a possible cyber attack and will make it possible to define action plans on reinforced measures to be implemented.
Next, it will be necessary to look for the most suitable technical solutions to achieve the proposed objectives, in order to finish with the implementation plan and monitoring of the security model finally selected.
Cybersecurity has become a priority issue within organizations, regardless of their sector or size. We must be able to define a clear strategy and anticipate the current threats and those to come, preparing ourselves with more robust security plans and making all our employees aware of the risks and also the strategy to follow.
At AddVANTE, we are responding to this concern through our new solution “IT Protection”.