cyber security

National Cybersecurity Awareness Month Week 2: Cybersecurity in the Workplace is Everyone’s Business

Creating a culture of cybersecurity is critical for all organizations ‒ large and small businesses, academic institutions, non-profits, and government agencies – and must be a shared responsibility among all employees. Week 2 will showcase how organizations can protect against the most common cyber threats. The week will also look at resources to help organizations strengthen their cyber resilience, including the use of the National Institute of Standards and Technology Cybersecurity Framework.

How can you prevent cyber threats?

Forbes recently published an article stating: 97% of respondents admitted that human error causes network outages and problems, with over two-thirds stating that monitoring solutions fail to predict most issues.” Education is the best defense against cybersecurity threats. Here are a few ways you can prevent data breaches:

  • Do not share or reuse passwords
  • Do not click on links or open attachments from unknown senders
  • Enforce password policies
  • Verify requests for sensitive information

Businesses can reduce cyber threats with firewalls, web-filtering, email filtering, network monitoring and anti-virus protection. Zerofail Southeast is Your IT Concierge offering 24/7 monitoring and IT support services. If you are unsure whether your business has any of these please contact us at info@zerofailse.com to schedule a consultation with one of our experts.

 

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Tech Terms: Integrated Circuit

An integrated circuit, or IC, is small chip that can function as an amplifier, oscillator, timer, microprocessor, or even computer memory. An IC is a small wafer, usually made of silicon, that can hold anywhere from hundreds to millions of transistors, resistors, and capacitors. These extremely small electronics can perform calculations and store data using either digital or analog technology.

Digital ICs use logic gates, which work only with values of ones and zeros. A low signal sent to to a component on a digital IC will result in a value of 0, while a high signal creates a value of 1. Digital ICs are the kind you will usually find in computers, networking equipment, and most consumer electronics.

Analog, or linear ICs work with continuous values. This means a component on a linear IC can take a value of any kind and output another value. The term “linear” is used since the output value is a linear function of the input. For example, a component on a linear IC may multiple an incoming value by a factor of 2.5 and output the result. Linear ICs are typically used in audio and radio frequency amplification.

Source: http://techterms.com/definition/integratedcircuit

IT Security: The State of Affairs

Almost daily we see another news article regarding a cyber security threat or data breach. Virtually everything is online. Unless businesses change their approach we will continue on the hamster wheel. 

The 2015 Data Breach Investigations Report by Verizon discovered that 70% of breaches could have been prevented. In addition, four of the nine patterns were caused by humans. 

IT security is a major issue that must be addressed from the top down. Businesses must develop and implement policies and procedures as well as educate employees on the importance. Phishing has become a popular method for attacking businesses. An email is sent to users with a hyperlink and/or attachment that infects the network. This type of incident could have been prevented simply by educating users. Businesses must create a culture of IT security to change the habits of users. Even though this is a daunting task it is achievable. 

The Australian Securities and Investment Commissioner Cathie Armour identified a three phase process for cyber security:

  1. Cyber risk identification – developing a risk register of cyber and privacy risks
  2. Cyber risk assessment – undertaking cyber resilience and privacy resilience reviews
  3. Cyber risk quantification developing and implementing a cyber incidence response plan

It is best to be proactive rather than reactive. Contact us today, info@zerofailse.com, to learn how our IT Security experts can help you revolutionize cyber security in your organization so you do not become a data breach statistic. 

Cyber Security Statistics

The global cyber security market will be worth $155.4 billion by 2019—Markets and Markets, “Cyber Security Market (IAM, Encryption, DLP, Risk and Compliance Management, IDS/IPS, UTM, Firewall, Antivirus/Antimalware, SVM/SIEM, Disaster Recovery, DDoS Mitigation, Web Filtering, Security Services) – Global Advancements, Forecasts & Analysis (2014-2019)”