In this day and age, data and information is an integral part of life. We are constantly interacting with other people, friends, websites and businesses - and with each interaction we are sharing data which is then stored. This has resulted in cyber security becoming a hot topic in the IT world. In the physical world, you don't leave your house door or office door unlocked - you don't want anybody stealing your belongings or rifling through your papers.
In the digital world, such security is just as important for the same reasons. By connecting to the internet, potential cyber thieves can attempt to snoop on your connection and access your files. An important tool of cyber security you can use to combat this is a firewall. This can be software running on the computer or router overseeing your home or office network, or software running on your computer itself. A firewall monitors internet traffic and will check for any access that it suspects is malicious. In this way, it can stop people from accessing your data and files. This is the first line of information security and something all users should consider, but it is important to set this up correctly since an overly strong firewall might block some legitimate traffic and connections in your network. For this reason, corporate networks will benefit from discussing firewall approaches with cyber security specialists for the best solution.
Viruses are as common a threat as ever. Here, some programmer has written a clever and usually malicious computer program that can spread from computer to computer. The consequences are wide ranging and can be disastrous - some viruses will maliciously feedback files and keystrokes from your computer to waiting cyber criminals meaning they could have access to your data, your emails or your bank details. Others might delete or corrupt your files - this may offer no gain for the criminals but can be costly indeed for you. Virus checkers are another important tool all users should have, constantly monitoring system behaviour, scanning emails and cleaning your files. Despite this, a determined hacker may still be able to get to your files. For your sensitive items, it is worth encrypting files with a password. This is particularly important when you take files off your network to store on physical media such as a CD or USB stick - if they come out of your possession, the finder will not be able to access your files and your data will remain safe.
As you can see, there are plenty of aspects to consider when thinking about cyber security. Taken together, these actions can be the difference between a safe, smooth operation or facing a costly loss of data, perhaps leaving you unable to operate or leaving your data in the hand of cyber criminals. With the appropriate measures, you can minimise this risk, helping you and your business.
For more information, please contact IGP Security today by calling 0330 313 0243 or visit http://www.igpsecurity.com/cyber-security-midlands