When hackers try to infiltrate your network, they do so with a purpose in mind. Usually they are looking for specific information, like account credentials, personal information, or files that can be used to blackmail victims. We’ll go over what a hacker can do with the information that they collect from you, and how you can best protect your data.
The Information Itself
All businesses hold some sensitive information that hackers will do anything it takes to capture. For example, consider what kind of information is collected by the typical human resources department. Naturally, they need birth dates, Social Security numbers, contact information, and other sensitive information. Other departments, like accounting, might need access to financial credentials like credit card numbers or bank account numbers. This information is quite valuable for hackers, and they do anything to steal it.
Other times, hackers will try to plant malware, like a keylogger or ransomware, on your company’s network to collect or steal information, like usernames, passwords, and other account credentials. They may then try to use these credentials to hijack accounts or access further information related to your organization. This could result in a major data breach that threatens both the reputation and future of your business.
Sometimes hackers aren’t after information at all, and would rather just cause trouble. Other times, they might plant something like a trojan to create a backdoor for later access. Regardless, hackers are looking to take advantage of your organization’s assets.
A comprehensive security solution such as a Unified Threat Management (UTM) solution is your best chance to defend sensitive information. A UTM combines some of the best enterprise-level security solutions on the market into one convenient package, especially made for small businesses. A UTM contains a firewall to keep dangerous traffic from entering (or leaving) your network, as well as an antivirus solution that can detect and eliminate threats that have made their way into your infrastructure. Furthermore, preventative measures such as spam blocking and content filtering limit your organization’s exposure to dangerous entities.
If your organization wants to take network security seriously, then you need to understand that security shouldn’t be reactive. Instead, take proactive measures to prevent issues. To learn more about what CTN Solutions can do for your business’ network security, reach out to us at (610) 828-5500.