Cyber attacks occur all over the world and to a wide range of industries, and they’re on the rise.

  • In December, hackers infiltrated the security of a power station in the Ukraine causing a massive blackout.
  • In February 2016, Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in Los Angeles, California was threatened after being exposed to ransomware. The hospital was forced to pay $17,000 in order to get their systems back online.
  • In March, Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C. befell a similar fate. They were left partially operational after a cyber attack crippled their systems.
  • And in April, attackers attacked the Hungarian government’s website, temporarily dismantling the site.

Businesses in many industries can be victims of cybercrimes and should be aware of their company’s vulnerabilities. The only way to prevent a disaster is to educate yourself and your employees about about these viruses, malware and ransomware. Knowing what cyber threats are out there and utilizing cyber security technology can help avoid incursions.

Security Awareness and Training

The ever-rising involvement of technology and its advances do amazing things for businesses, but they also mean an increase in ways hackers can break into computer systems. Everyone in the company should know how cyber criminals operate, what to look for, and understand the risks that come from a cyber attack. A training session and regular updates can be a useful way to monitor and avert any breaches.

An intrusion into the company’s network can lead to any of the following:

  • Viruses, including malware, spyware, ransomware, phishing, and spam
  • Identity thieves who can steal customer’s information
  • Password breaches
  • Website disabling or defacement
  • Theft of confidential company information and secrets

Repairing the damage that comes from an attack can be costly. In 2013, approximately 40 million Target account holders’ private information was compromised in a massive cyber attack. Target had to pay more than $250 million in costs to clean up after the crisis. They were also the subject of lawsuits and paid out more than $100 million to banks, credit card companies, and customers affected by the hack.

Having a contract with a cybersecurity assessment team — like Neoscope — may have prevented a breach from occurring.

How to Protect Sensitive Data

In order to protect your business and its private data from cyber attacks, you should have your system assessed for weaknesses. You need to know where a breach may take place and how to stop it before it costs you a great deal.

Neoscope can help you manage your risks throughout your entire business platform. The team will detect vulnerabilities in your network and infrastructure. Then they will implement your security needs and check the system to make sure it is flawless. Service and support is also provided in order to keep your company safe.

In addition, the company has created a managed security service known as Neoscope Shield. Neoscope Shield is a comprehensive security solution that offers thorough tools and guidance for your network.

Neoscope Shield offers training in the following areas:

  • Risk assessment
  • Internet vulnerability
  • Policy development and compliance
  • Security awareness
  • Consultations with an experienced CSO

Internet and network security protection involves:

  • Advanced malware and website protection
  • Anti-virus protection and remote support
  • Email security solutions including anti-spam and malware content

Other managed security services may include:

  • Data and email encryption services
  • Administer firewalls
  • Mobile Device Management
  • Authentication and credential managing solutions
  • Password software
  • Phishing training with employee tests
  • Assess vulnerabilities and penetration tests
  • SIEM (security incident and event management)

The best way to prepare for a cyber attack is to strengthen your system and educate your employees. Neoscope offers training, safety and security, as well as peace of mind.

For more information, read the Neoscope Primer on Cyber Security.