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Just how important is cybersecurity for professional firms in today’s modern climate? In a word, “very.” According to a recent study conducted by IBM in association with the Ponemon Institute, the average cost of a single breach in 2016 rose to an all-time high of $4 million dollars, or approximately $158 per compromised record. Newer and more dangerous threats are emerging every day, as seen recently with the new “Popcorn Time” ransomware strain. Not only does it encrypt all data on a computer and hold it for ransom, as is common with this type of malware, but it includes the particularly nasty twist of offering free removal if victims get two other people to install the software and pay the ransom, too.

Suddenly, hackers aren’t just hackers anymore – they’re digital marketers, too

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We’ve entered an age where every member of an organization – from the highest executive to hourly employees – must become a cybersecurity advocate to ensure their business doesn’t become yet another in a long line of these harrowing statistics. This is a large part of what the e-book “The Ultimate Security Brief for Executives” was designed to do – in a world where approximately 316 new digital threats emerge every minute, the importance of cybersecurity education is something that cannot be overstated enough.

We’ve entered an age where every member of an organization – from the highest executive to hourly employees – must become a cybersecurity advocate

 

Keeping a business protected in this dangerous new world requires a multi-pronged approach executed at almost every level. Businesses need to start making use of available services designed to assess threats, gain a better understanding for the climate they’re operating in, and protect a business with any and all resources available. Everything from basic perimeter and internal vulnerability testing to identity management services mobile-centric, enterprise-level controls will be required to both allow businesses to embrace all of the benefits that modern technology has to offer with as few of the potential downsides as possible. There are four key areas you’ll want to familiarize yourself with in the CyberSecurity conversation.

1Cyber Risk-Assessment

According to McAfee, there are 316 new threats every minute, or more than 5 every second.

Being the target of a cybercrime is not an if, but a when – and these attackers aren’t doing it for sport. As all criminals ultimately desire, they’re either after your money, data or brand reputation. Resources like the executive brief mentioned earlier will give you an understanding of the services available to assess, and protect your business ranging from the basic, through to advanced government-level protocols.

Talk about:

  • Basic Perimeter and Internal Vulnerability Testing
  • Advanced Cyber Penetration Testing Services
  • Security Assessment Services

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2Email Protection and Web Security

 

It has been estimated that the average total cost of a data breach is about USD$4 million.

Luckily, upping your email and web security has become easier than ever with the proper application of high-end security systems and better preventative measures. It is imperative that you brief yourself and your executive team on the best practices to keep your business safe from infringements on your privacy, brand and classified data.

Talk about:

  • Advanced Threat Protection for Email
  • Advanced Threat Protection for Web

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3Identity Management

43% of C-level executives say negligent insiders are the greatest threat to sensitive data.

In a modern workforce, mobility and device agnostic offices are a central part of employee satisfaction. That being said, simplifying access, managing identities and securing passwords is paramount.

Talk about:

  • Identity Management as a service
  • Password Management Services
  • Managed Two-Factor Authentication (2FA)

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4Data Protection, Device Security & Monitoring

40 percent of workers report having used their personal mobile devices for business activities. 80 percent admit to having accessed their work network, without permission.

A Juniper Networks Inc. survey found that 40 percent of workers report having used their personal mobile devices for business activities; of those, a vast 80 percent admit to having accessed their work network, without permission. Unless enterprise-level controls are implemented to effectively prevent loss, theft, and misuse of these employee-sourced devices, unintended security breaches could put your business data at risk.

Talk about:

  • Comprehensive Antivirus and Anti-Malware Protection
  • Advanced Application Lock-down and Intelligence
  • Local and Mobile Device Management Services
  • Disaster Recovery & Business Continuity Services
  • Deep Auditing Services & Activity Logging
  • Employee Monitoring and Other Recording Services

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5Bring the right resources to the discussion. Google alone won’t cut it.

Cyber security is as important as ever in today’s increasingly mobile work environment and rapidly evolving technological landscape. The digital nervous system of your organisation is in both the macro and the micro of operations, the external face and the internal workings. The challenge of securing your business from breaches in that system has increased not only because of the scope has widened but also due to the tenacity and technological adaptability of the cyber-criminals whose business it is to syphon money, corrupt data or sully your brand.

If any of the CyberSecurity Measures above are unfamiliar to you, don’t worry. Save yourself the time and effort of research and get this Ebook: The Ultimate Security Brief for Executives.