IT Security - Internet risk management for your IT infrastructure
- Our IT Security Report for your business considers :
- Possible exposure to threats due to internet profile
- Security failings due to casual connections (BYOD mobiles and laptops)
- Access credentials and authentication to business data and programs
- Real time internet security probe and weakness report
- Effectiveness of current threat minimisation
- Suitability of data re-instatement and system repair plans
- Suggested security risk IT changes
- Delivered as a detailed printed report
- Malware and Hackers! - IT security breaches could be an individual or groups attempting access via web site or remote login, compromised web site, email transmission or P2P (peer to peer networks such as Kazaa, BitTorrent, uTorrent) inadvertent transfer of an infected file.
IT security breaches manifest to the business as two main issues; Data breaches and the inoperable IT infrastructure due to the impact of malicious software and intruder attacks. This is a cost via; business downtime, system repair, data loss re-instatement AND perception and liability issues from your customer base.
Depending upon the type, effectiveness and design of the attack, the results could vary from imperceptible operational change to major operational failure. To address this reality, business will often have to balance the extent of risk management by way of user controls and preventative use against the simple, unhindered operation of the business IT.
In that sense IT security is risk management and should be seen as a mitigating action. When considering IT security, owner/managers must consider the possible strategies to mitigate the risk of data loss or theft and distinctly system failure and down time. Whilst one strategy in risk management is acceptance it is better to initiate avoidance and reduction strategies.
- Data Theft - Data theft may occur due to employee negligence or poor access security including less than optimal network systems configuration, but most likely due to the actions of malware on an infected host computer.
Data theft occurs electronically by malicious code operating within your IT network. The entry mode to rogue software is usually via web sites, email, P2P file sharing or USB type memory devices where ineffective malware defences have allowed ingress. Once established within the network internal operations should be monitored for suspicious activity. Firewalls and routers on the ‘edge’ of your internal network should monitor and report suspicious activity where a Trojan ‘phones home’ to make a link between the rogue software now running internally and the recipient external device.
- System Inoperability - Particular computers and systems may become inoperable or partially operable due to malicious code. It is sometimes even the case the malware author introduced accidental ‘bugs’ to the code which have unitended effects. Whatever the reason, critical elements of the systems might be deleted, the network overloaded and/or rogue actions affect the system operability.
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Data breaches : Malicious attacks (defined as a combination of hacking and insider theft) accounted for nearly 47 percent of the recorded data breaches in 2012 in the United States. Hacking attacks were responsible for more than one-third (33.8 percent) of the data breaches recorded. A Chronology of Data Breaches, Privacy Rights Clearinghouse, 2012
Computer worms self-replicate (make copies of themselves) and possibly spread to files and other network computers. It does not require attachment to an existing file to spread.
Computer virus are classified by the manner they are retained on the computer: a disk boot sector, file, macro code or script code.Trojans are malicious code that perform unauthorised, usually malintent operations from within a computer
Drive-by Download or Web Threat means a mistakenly authorised malware download or an unknowing malware download often from a web site (most common), email or peer to peer file share.