The security of your IT systems and hardware is one aspect of your business where you cannot afford to compromise. Let’s be honest though: it’s hard to appreciate the importance of something without context. It’s like being warned about bad cholesterol: we know it’s bad but since we can’t see it clogging our veins, it’s relatively easy to ignore or at least brush off.
The same goes for IT security. You know it’s important, you know that the costs of not taking it seriously or investing in it properly are high – but without a real life situation or context to relate to, it’s one of those ‘things that needs doing but never gets done.’ So let’s take a look at a couple of real life scenarios of what could happen when IT security is poor:
The Disaster Scenario
All it takes is for one of your employees to click a link in what appears to be a genuine email to infect your entire network of workstations. Your systems come down, your business is offline and the rogue workstation needs to be isolated. All of that before the process of clearing all infected hardware, and re-protecting it, can begin – then your data can be restored and you can get back up and running.
Or maybe it’s that one weak password gets discovered by a bot. This isn’t about bringing systems down though – this is about creating a backdoor for unauthorised individuals to gain access to all of your business data, which can be sold on. That includes all your customers’ bank details, which will then be used for fraud.
If just thinking of the stress of these situations is giving you a headache, think about this: the average cost of an IT failure is estimated to be $200 – $400 per customer that has ever existed on your database. Not to mention the reputation damage and resulting revenue loss that follows.
The above may seem extreme but it absolutely could happen. Cyber criminals and the technology they use is sophisticated and growing more so all the time. You should employ all the security you can to protect your IT systems and hardware. Even in the event of a breach, the more security you have in place, the more likely the damage is to be contained.
Common Security Threats to Businesses
Some of the most common threats to business’ IT security include:
Phishing emails – these emails appear to be from a genuine company like PayPal, Microsoft, Apple or even the revenue office. They can look very realistic. Recipients are often told to follow a link and enter sensitive information.
Insecure passwords and access details – this includes passwords that are the same for multiple softwares, and passwords that include easy to obtain data such as date of birth.
Out-of-date software – software should be kept up to date at all times to protect against the latest security threats and attacks.
IT Security Services in Brisbane
At Multum Tech we take your business’ IT security as seriously as our own. That’s why we offer a range of managed services to maintain and protect your systems, hardware and infrastructure. In addition, we use a variety of sources including antivirus manufacturers, security forums and the Australian Government Joint Cyber Security Centre program to constantly monitor the state of IT security and stay ahead of new threats. We take a proactive approach to IT security and maintain that prevention is better than cure.
Businesses of all sizes in a range of industries including property, nonprofit, transport, education and manufacturing, all use Multum Tech’s IT security services in Brisbane to protect their company against the real and serious threats that exist in the online world.
To see how we can help protect your business against threats and improve your IT security, call our Brisbane office today on 1300 685886.