We’ve all seen the news articles or heard reports of top companies like Home Depot or Target getting hit with malware that was stealing credit card and other personal info. Just last year, nearly two dozen municipalities in Texas were hit with ransomware. Those are high-profile targets, so they are naturally going to be reported. Millions of people were affected in each instance. Don’t think for a second, however, that your small business is in the clear just because it’s small, or that you, as an individual, aren’t “worth attacking”. It’s time for a major reality check.
The lonely wiz-kid in his parents’ basement trying to make a name for themselves is now strictly the domain of fiction. These days, criminal organizations are running like global enterprises, often with the backing of their nation-states. They run just like legitimate businesses with CEOs, engineers, revenue reports, etc. Many of them have backed away from doing any real direct campaigns themselves and now support would-be hackers and cyber-criminals around the world, helping them get up and running with turn-key campaigns and scams. It’s even the same business model as legitimate IT firms: continual access to tools and support for a monthly fee… and their buyers are all too eager to drop that cash because they see the value.
When it comes to cyber security, keep this in mind: just because you’ve never been infected, that DOES NOT mean you’re IMMUNE. There’s a popular quote going around that I’ll paraphrase here: “There are two types of businesses: Ones that have been hit by a cyber attack and ones that just don’t it know yet.” There are thousands of new threats being developed and released every day. New vectors of attack are being discovered and exploited regularly.
Properly configured, your IT environment can be a shield rather than a target. Make the investment.
Last thing …
Perfect security does not exist and any “IT professional” telling you otherwise is either utterly incompetent or running a scam. JCS is constantly re-evaluating every tool used and every service offered. We don’t put anything in our offering that we don’t use ourselves, internally.