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The field of network security has expanded to help in addressing the threats associated with cyber-attacks. Businesses now have multiple options to keep networks safe.
Companies should be aware that attacks can come from multiple fronts. No business is completely safe or secure from cyber threats. And there are growing concerns that the threats come from the inside more than the outside of the company.
A study from Forrester Research on Understanding the State of Data Security and Privacy indicates that internal threats are becoming the most dangerous risk for businesses. Internal threats can be inadvertent misuse of data, lack of policy oversight or misinterpretation, or no visibility into network activities.
Find out more and see if your network might be at risk form inside threats. Read the full article by Grant Hatchimonji on PC World: Biggest data security threats come from inside, report says.
Social media can be a crack in an otherwise invulnerable business network. Casual posts on social media about business hours, special events or upcoming stock sales can compromise a company as much as any cyber-attack. Additionally, there is an unfortunate reality for businesses where malicious activities can compromise your network security. Disgruntled employees or pranksters can find security weaknesses and take advantage of the opportunity.
Read the full article: Stop Security Threats from the Inside First (Part 1) by Gerben Meijer on CloudProviderUSA.
A recent Cisco Security Report shows the spread of malware is most prevalent using third party advertisements that seem benign on the surface. Employees click on the advertisement or web site address and the malware is downloaded without even being aware.
For more on this, check out the article on Windstream by Bob Anderson: Is Your Biggest Network Security Threat "Who's Getting In" or "What's Getting Out"?
Small businesses are particularly susceptible to cyber-attacks. The Symantec 2013 Internet Threat Report finds almost one third of all malware attacks are inflicted on companies with 250 employees or less. Small businesses are more exposed to cyber-attacks because of a lack of enterprise-level security and formalized processes.
But all types of businesses at risk. No business is completely safe from harm. Large companies can have higher exposure simply because of its advertising or number of locations. It is crucial that all companies take appropriate steps to shield themselves.
A thorough review of your network security infrastructure should be conducted regularly. There can also be some indicators that will help you to identify potential network security risks.
Keep your business as safe as possible by identifying all potential threats before they occur.