Cyber Security

Every day, cyber criminals gain access to business networks, from which they take confidential information, steal money, and hold the network hostage for a large ransom payment.

What does your company need to do to stay ahead of this threat?

The Biggest Threat to Your Network: Your People

Cyber criminals have become more sophisticated, patient, and thorough in their efforts to attack businesses like yours. It is now common for cyberattacks to be multi-layered social engineering attacks, involving detailed research into your company, leadership, and employees. Hackers will seek to learn your behavior and communication style – in hopes of leveraging this to gain access to your network.

Common Social Engineering Attacks

CEO Impersonation

Attackers pretend to be a C-Suite executive and request information or money from executive assistants or other employees. Through this method, criminals can gain confidential information, place orders for supplies, or even have money wired to their desired account.

Vendor Fraud

A criminal pretends to be a vendor or client and requests a fraudulent invoice to be paid. In the rush to appease the seemingly agitated vendor, your employees may go outside of normal protocol without verifying the claim.

Email Phishing

An attacker sends an email that has malicious links to everyone on your team. One accidental click on a link or image and the machine and possibly your entire network is compromised.

Common Misconceptions About Cyber Crimes

It can’t happen to me.

The cybercrimes that make headlines are multinational corporations with millions of dollars in losses. Yet, for every major breach like this there are hundreds of smaller breaches that cost local companies $50,000 – $250,000 – enough to really hurt the bottom line or even cause them to close their doors.

I have nothing for them to take.

Although you may not have credit card information on file, hackers have other ways of causing damage. For example, they could take control of the network and your data by encrypting your files and demand tens of thousands of dollars to give the data back. How much would you be willing to pay for your company’s data?

I'm not big enough.

Hackers do not discriminate based on size. In fact, they often target small and medium sized businesses in suburban or rural areas because they expect less security and a greater chance at their ransom being paid.

My IT department will take care of it.

There is often a separation of duty between the IT Professional and Security. Corporate IT staff is usually too busy taking care of day to day network issues that they are not spending time on security. Moreover, they may not be capable of handling preventative measures to avoid social engineered attacks.

My network is secure.

Often times, hackers don’t attack your network directly, but rather use alternative means to access your information. Your secure network can’t defend against vulnerabilities in software or your vendors’ networks. And social engineering attacks exploit a weakness that no firewall can protect – your employees.

The Real Cost of Cyber Attacks

Cyberattacks can have major negative effects on a business. More than 60% of companies go out of business within six months of a cyber attack.

Negative Publicity

Cyberattacks and fraud are sensitive issues; when it comes out to the public, it generates a wave of negative publicity in local and industry circles. The long-term effects of this fallout can erode confidence in your brand by customers, vendors, and partners.


Downtime

During a network compromise, the entire system must be quarantined until the threat is neutralized, malicious code is removed, and the software is patched. Will your company be able to run without access to your network & software? If you are a manufacturer running 24/7/365, can you afford to be shut down for weeks?


Financial Losses

Sometimes hackers will directly steal money from your accounts or use ransomware to demand a payment in exchange for returning your data to you. In addition, there are other ways you can lose money directly from a cyberattack. These include mounting legal fees, loss of income during downtime, and fines from non-compliance.

What Can You Do to Stop Cyber Attacks?

Unique challenges facing IT Staff & Business Leaders

IT Professionals

As an in-house IT professional, you have a fine line to walk, often balancing managing your network and handling user requests / complaints. You are concerned about your network’s security but are not fully aware as to the risks and vulnerabilities that continue to arise.

You need help gaining better visibility into your network, so you can better understand potential vulnerabilities and how to patch them. You would also benefit from a more-informed end user who can recognize basic phishing attacks and security threats.

Business Leaders

As an owner or executive, you hold ultimate responsibility for the direction and actions of your company. Yet you may not fully understand the risks your company faces from cybercrimes, nor the liability it places on you and your company.

You need to know the potential cyber threats to today’s businesses – including social engineering, impersonation, and phishing attacks. You need to weigh the risks and liability with the costs of having a secure network. And you need to find a partner who can offer insights and consulting with your in-house IT team to ensure security and protection from the latest threats.

Business Information Group – Central PA’s Cybersecurity Leader

Based in central Pennsylvania, BIG is the leading provider of cybersecurity protection services in the Susquehanna Valley. Offering a range of services and depth of IT & network security expertise, BIG has helped businesses of all sizes secure their networks from cyberattacks.

From conducting recovery efforts after an attack to designing secure networks that proactively defend against threats and attacks, BIG’s team provides the experience and support your company needs.

Cyber Security Services

Incident Response

If your network has already been compromised, you will need help restoring your network operations. We will quarantine affected systems, try to determine the source of the compromise, and provide a solution for the network and all affected machines.

Risk Mitigation

For existing networks, we provide vulnerability scans that check the system for configuration errors and common vulnerabilities. This report gives business leaders and IT heads a benchmark to work from as they seek to improve security.

We can also create simulated phishing attacks for your team and network attacks for your system, to see how they would fare against a real threat.

Secure Network Design

Our team of network engineers can design a system that actively protects your machines and users from threats. Cloud-managed IT infrastructure and firewalls by Cisco Meraki provide real-time updates against emerging threats – before they can risk your company’s data.

Active Monitoring

BIG’s Network Operations Center (NOC) provides 24/7/365 monitoring of your system for anomalies, active probing, and new & emerging vulnerabilities and threats. Staffed by BIG employees, our NOC will be the first to spot unusual activity, so you can quickly identify the source and legitimacy of the threat.

Compliance

If you are in a regulated industry – like healthcare or finance – you either view compliance regulations as a hassle or as part of your business operations. We are experienced in most major and industry-specific compliance regulations – including HIPAA & PCI – and we know how to integrate these into your overall data protection strategy.

Training

We provide training capabilities for team members and end users on security awareness and best practices on protecting yourself and the company from attacks. At BIG University, our annual cybersecurity conference, business leaders and IT professionals can learn about the latest threats facing Central PA businesses.

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