Think your business is safe? Cyber criminals know it’s not

Thought Leadership on Real-Life Technology Stories presented by Phalanx Secure Solutions

Reliable and secure technology management is critical to your organization’s success, and you are confident that you’ve taken the steps you need to protect your infrastructure. You have installed and maintain a firewall to protect your network. You have invested in anti-virus, malware and spywear detection software. You back up files regularly, and all of the technology in your organization is encrypted.

You’ve taken as many precautions as possible to safeguard your data and your organization, and you think that your organization is relatively safe from a cyber attack. Think again.

Data breaches increased in 2015

According to the Identity Theft Resource Center, data breaches reached a record high in the U.S. in 2015, spanning some 875 million records. More than 30 percent of those breaches affected the business sector, including high-profile companies like Neiman Marcus, Goodwill Industries, P.F. Chang’s and Dairy Queen, but the total also includes major health insurers and the federal government.

Despite the best efforts of organizations large and small, attacks by cyber criminals are growing more sophisticated. Hackers continue to find ways to gain access to highly confidential personnel files and account information, forcing businesses to remain extra vigilant about monitoring accounts and to proactively identify red flags. In today’s business world, every business everywhere seems vulnerable.

Reduce your vulnerability

With billions of dollars in fraud on the table in North America, not to mention the financial impact on a global scale, hackers will always be looking for your organization’s vulnerable spot. Cybersecurity scams are becoming more targeted and intelligent as hackers find ways to tap into financial records, log-in credentials and personal details like birth dates or Social Security numbers. One recent strike aimed at LinkedIn users sent them an email attachment to update security details, but the information was forwarded directly to identity thieves, Money magazine reports.

Make sure your organization has access to the very latest advancements in cybersecurity. Put the programs in place now to provide the best possible protection and reduce the risk of becoming the next victim of cybercrime.

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