For any business, no matter whether it is large or small, security and safety are absolutely key. In the past, looking after the interests of a company would mean installing security cameras, having robust locks on doors, and ensuring that all windows are closed before the office is empty.

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And, while carrying out such safety checks and routines are still vital, it is becoming more and more essential to install and integrate security measures that aim to tackle cybercrime. Cyber security has, quite simply, never been more necessary.

What Is Cyber Security?

The primary goal of cyber security is to protect devices so as to ensure that private information and sensitive data cannot be stolen. Such security protocols are aimed at stopping hackers or people with malicious intent from accessing digital systems and subsequently exploiting them.

Cyber security attacks are on the rise, and the manner in which criminals target vulnerable companies and their files or systems is evolving and changing constantly.

New cyber security solutions are being created all the time to put up digital walls that deter criminals, but given that there is so much potential financial gain for those willing to hack and exploit computer networks, it is unsurprising that thieves are continually coming up with new ways to steal data that is important to you and your business.

What Does An Attack Look Like?

Many cyber attacks are so advanced and subtle that they are not immediately obvious. However, there are some things to look out for, and there are some prevailing traits that tend to indicate an attack is either imminent or has already happened.

1. Phishing Scams. The goal of phishing scams is to steal information or data via (generally speaking) email. These work by emulating emails from companies you trust and getting you to click a link or download a file that is malicious.

2. Malware. This is a term that encompasses all manner of software that becomes embedded into your computer network specifically to steal data or damage your system. This can be downloaded onto your device if you visit unsecured websites or download hostile files.

3. Man-In-The-Middle. These attacks are quite uncommon when compared with the other two but are still very dangerous and worth being aware of. These tend to involve an attacker getting in the middle of a two-way transaction (usually a purchase of some kind) and diverting money to a different account.

Signs that you have been a victim of a possible cyber attack include:

  • being unable to log into your device;
  • passwords suddenly stop working;
  • files will not open;
  • documents have been deleted;
  • unknown files or software have been installed or downloaded;
  • your computer or device starts restarting unexpectedly;
  • you start to see pop-ups on your screen.

Tackling The Problem

Cyber-crime is a major problem and it is essential that it is given the attention it is due. For individuals, it is absolutely essential to purchase antivirus software and firewalls, but for companies of all sizes, it is vital to go one step further.

A trustworthy and reliable IT support service can not only ensure that all necessary precautions have been put in place but can alert you should something go wrong and will ensure that all the latest software is updated and installed as soon as it becomes available.

Contact us today to find out how we can protect your business against cyber attacks.

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