Cybersecurity Awareness Month – Continuous Monitoring

Oct 13, 2021 | Blog, Compliance, Cybersecurity

Continuous Monitoring
We continue our Cybersecurity Awareness Month series to provide resources, tips, articles, and checklists to help you and your organization raise awareness and be more secure. This week, we’re focusing on continuous monitoring. #BeCyberSmart

Think data breaches don’t happen to small-mid-sized companies?

Think again.

70% of security breaches target small businesses, with a range of 1-999 employees.

Now you’re thinking, “I don’t have anything they want, right?” Wrong.

Cyber attackers aren’t just looking for credit card numbers; they are looking for financial credentials, bank accounts, email addresses, encryption certificates, passwords, and any kind of personal data they can get their hands on.

Why? To create a phishing site, steal money from your mutual fund, send email scams, hijack your social media account, and ruin your reputation.

If that isn’t reason enough for protection, cyber criminals can automate their attacks. For $299 they can buy malware that is guaranteed to escape anti-virus protection. And for $350, they can buy a legitimate email list that will send out thousands of phishing emails with one click.

Last week, we shared the importance of training your employees to spot these cyber attacks. But all it takes is one click, and a cyber criminal has hijacked your network, stolen your data, and sold it the highest bidder.

A cyber attack is malicious and very hard to come back from once it has occurred. The average breach remediation costs a business $600,000, not to mention the hefty fines the government could levy against you.

So what can you do about this?

That’s where a continuous monitoring service comes in. This service monitors all your network traffic to detect the malicious behavior of even the most advanced cyber criminals. It also provides additional threat feeds for those companies looking for additional or specific protection.

It monitors activity specific to

  • Crimeware
  • Ransomware
  • Anonymous Virtual Private Networks
  • Malicious User Agents
  • Hacking Tools

If you’re interested in learning more, reach out to us…. solutions are affordable and can be specifically tailored for small to mid-sized businesses.

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