Your focus is growing your business. Cyber attackers’ focus is ensuring they disrupt that growth by disrupting your business.
You know threats exist, but is your cyber-security strong enough to withstand attacks?
Let’s start with what cyber-security is.
Cyber-security is all about protecting network infrastructures, systems and programs from digital attacks. Cyber-attacks are normally aimed at breaching, changing or destroying sensitive information for the purpose of extorting money or disrupting businesses and their ability to trade.
You may think that it will never happen to your organisation. However, given that cyber-crime has been increasing since 2018 (when it was worth over £1.1 trillion) can you really afford to put your business’s security on the back burner?
How secure is your network?
The obvious starting point must be how you control access to and from the public internet. However, there are many other things to consider.
For example, a standard or even a business grade router with an imbedded unmanaged software firewall or legacy unmanaged hardware firewall is fraught with issues. This is why they are often targeted. Infact, almost two-thirds of breached networks from cyber-attacks target SMBs. Cyber-attacks are becoming more sophisticated each day, with the firewall being at the front line. For this reason, it must always stay multiple steps ahead of the game with the latest updates and state of the art functionality.
Likewise, application security has never been more important. Web application vulnerabilities are the most common point of intrusion for cyber criminals. With applications playing an increasingly critical role in business, the focus on web application security is vital.
Next, consider the legal and regulatory requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR.) This requires all companies to keep data they hold safe and secure. Add to that the Networks and Information Systems (NIS) Directive for businesses identified as operators of essential services, which came into force in 2016. This includes a number of requirements around incident response and the implementation of technical security measures based on risk. The requirements are designed to improve cross-border cooperation in information and network security and foster a culture of risk management.
How can you make your network more secure?
Many organisations worry they don’t have the skills or the resources to protect themselves from a cyber-attack. For this reason, a managed next-generation firewall will provide peace of mind that attacks will be prevented before they enter the network. Such a firewall has the ability to secure wireless networks and protect all devices within the network, even those brought in externally. Something that is ever-increasingly important with 74% of companies adopting bring your own device (BYOD) policies.
At MPS we can help with all aspects of your cyber-security, with advice to find the right solution based on your requirements. We have supplied solutions to public and private sector clients. We work with you to understand your bespoke needs. In addition, we are not tied to any single product or supplier meaning our solutions can be tailored without restrictions.
MPS offers complete solutions with our expertise extending to connectivity, systems, technical support, and network infrastructure in addition to firewall security.