Friday, March 27, 2020
Cyber attacks have become the order of the day in the US, with the latest victim being NutriBullet, the Blender Vendor whose website was recently hacked by credit card skimmers. Cyber criminals are coming up with all sorts of new ways to breach businesses, especially those who have yet to invest in a cybersecurity system. Cyber attacks can have severe consequences for small businesses; in addition to making it hard for a business to run properly in the short-term, they can also have long-term effects on the business's reputation and overall profitability. To prevent this, business owners need to install the latest security technologies to protect themselves against the most advanced cyber threats.
Physical Security Technologies
The first line of defense against cyber attacks in your business is ensuring that you have a strong physical security system. According to the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, cyber attacks can happen as a result of physical security breaches, which is why physical security is critical for your business. You can start by installing an access control system to secure entry points into your business premises and also entry points to sensitive areas of the business like the server room. Access control systems can also come in handy in tracking and monitoring activity trails in the event of a cyber attack. Another important physical security measure is installing smart surveillance systems. Modern surveillance systems have high-resolution cameras with motion-sensing capabilities, night vision and facial recognition. Many of them can also be controlled and monitored remotely, allowing business owners to keep an eye on their premises even when miles away.
User Behavior Analytics
During a cyber attacks, a criminal enters your network and engages in malicious behavior. If you are employing user behavior analytics technology, that unusual behavior can trigger red flags to your system defenders, allowing you to stop cyber attacks before it's too late. User behavior analytics can also compare how a particular user is behaving compared to other workers in the same department to detect anomalies in their behavior that could indicate that they're doing something they shouldn't be, or that a malicious actor has taken over their account.
A password or PIN is no longer adequate to provide foolproof protection for hardware. Embedded hardware authenticators are emerging technologies that combine a variety of hardware-enhanced factors simultaneously to verify a user's identity. Hardware authentication is particularly important for the Internet of Things; it ensures that any device trying to gain access to the network is allowed to have access.
When it comes to protecting your business from cyber attacks, it is better to be safe than sorry. With cyber attacks becoming more complicated every day, business owners need to install the latest active defense measures to thwart potential attacks.