Cybersecurity: Protecting Your Business From Cyber Attacks

What exactly is cybersecurity? Cybersecurity, computer security, or computer networking is the protection of networks and computer systems from malicious computer attacks, data loss or damage, and from the misuse or interruption of their services. With today’s modern Internet connection, networks are more vulnerable to attack than ever before. A virus, worm, Trojan horse, or hacker, can infiltrate your network and easily gain access to your confidential data. A hacker or a group of hackers could shut down your network or data system. They may do so by taking down the necessary keys that allow computers to communicate with one another.

Cybersecurity must be addressed on all levels of the business, ranging from the desktop, server, and network to networks, servers, and laptops. It is important to protect corporate and governmental networks from attack by any means possible, including via physical security and digital data protection. Many businesses use a variety of devices to connect to the web such as cellular phones, public switched telephone networks (PSTN), ISDN, CDBS, ISDN, GPRS, USB, and other internet-connected devices. A recent report estimates that in the US, over 5.6 million people own a mobile device. By connecting these devices to the company’s public switched telephone network (PSTN), an individual is exposing their company to a serious security risk of a data breach.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have issued warnings about malware and other attacks targeting government and private networks. Recent cyber attacks have resulted in the theft and misuse of personal and financial information. In some cases, companies have lost client and customer information. In other cases, hackers have gained access to sensitive and classified company information. Because of this ongoing threat, it is absolutely crucial that every type of device – from laptops and desktops to smartphones and mobile devices – be protected against the threats of cyber attack and viruses.