Network SECURITY

When looking at network security, we’re sure “good enough” isn’t going to cut it for the company.

Outsource your network and system security to us, and get the same level of service that the world’s biggest brands and companies receive. However, instead of paying millions of dollars for a fleet of IT workers, save money on the current IT budget.

Serving Toronto, GTA, Calgary, and surrounding areas, we give our clients security services that work for their business and their budget

Some of our security features include:

Proactive network monitoring and management
Monthly system health, trend graph, and/or executive reports
24/7/365 service, or time-specific coverage, such as after-hours on weekdays, weekends and holidays
Backup management
User authentication activity verification
Patch management and service pack installation
Spyware/Trojan/Virus detection and removal
Virus outbreak control
Daily safety checks

If you have any questions about what our services can do for you:

Simply call us at our Toronto office (416) 657-2449 or our Calgary office (403) 456-2183.

MOST COMMONLY OBSERVED SECURITY THREATS

Organizations have been taking security-related matters very seriously in the last few years. The statistics reveal the reason behind this sense of concern.

In 2015, more than 100 million records were exposed owing to a breach of data. This amounts to approximate damage in the range of $1 billion. In 2015 there was a 30% increase in the number of such incidents compared to the previous year. A small sized company estimates a loss of $50,000 for every such data theft.

Even though people are aware of the potential damage they face due to data theft, many are still unaware of the types of threats that could potentially weaken their business.

There is an ever-increasing need for IT services who provide security to the unsuspecting small and medium-sized firms:

Data theft

Owing to the value that the data holds, criminal elements may attempt to steal your data. The data could belong to customers and could reveal payment information or could be some other data of a sensitive nature. Any data that can potentially harm another person’s safety and security needs to be safeguarded. And the people guarding this are liable to legal action in case there is a theft. Losing data sensitive to your own business which could upset the company’s growth and cause to lose business revenue is another major cause of concern for any firm. Imagine losing intellectual property. This can put the business back in time and situations like this often result in serious consequences.

Ransomware

Many firms and individuals often fall prey to ransomware. We all have received emails that seem harmless and they have managed to gain our attention even though we know that it isn’t relevant to us. Unfortunately, if these emails are sent with an ill intent there is a possibility that the system may be under attack from malware that is being installed on the system without your knowledge. This malware is capable of encrypting the data on the hard drive and could affect the shared network as well.

In certain cases the user then receives a message on the screen in the form of a threat that the files have been encrypted and that a ransom needs to be paid in a certain time to ensure that the data is safe. This has happened to a lot of firms and individuals, quite often they lose money or data and both in some cases.

Website security

Most businesses maintain an active presence on the digital medium and the website plays an important role in portraying the brand in a good light. They also serve an important role in generating business revenue. Many firms have come under the attack in the past by cybercriminals and they have managed to bring down the servers thereby shutting down the webpage.

This results in downtime and in many cases, this is a direct hit on the revenue. The downtime is a massive hit on the brand’s reputation too.

In some cases, the attackers find a way to host malware on your site. This also installs onto the visitor’s computer when they browse on this site. It takes some time but eventually Google will sense this and the user starts seeing warning messages before the page loads.

Human element

Owing to a lack of experience there are chances that an attack happens even in the presence of an IT staff. Many times, it has been seen that attacks weren’t prevented or occurred due to human inefficiencies. Let’s not forget that errors in decision making have led to several attacks in the past.

BUSINESS TODAY MUST USE PROPER SECURITY MEASURES

With security breaches on the rise, new research suggests that businesses aren’t using proper security measures to ensure their customers’ personal information stays safe. In particular, a study by Experian Data Breach Resolution and the Ponemon Institute found that only half of the businesses surveyed feel their organization makes the best possible effort to protect customer information.

In addition, 60% of those businesses reported that customer data, including social security numbers and credit card information that had been stolen or lost, wasn’t encrypted. It’s important to consider that not all breached data results from malicious attacks. Research indicates that most breaches are actually the result of a negligent insider.

This means that the responsibility of ensuring customers’ information remains secure cannot be left primarily to the IT department. Every employee within an organization should be aware of adequate security measures.

After realizing the damage caused by a security breach, 61% of businesses increased their security budget, with 28% hiring additional IT security professionals to ensure maximum security.

There are several reasons why the security budget and security measures should be of primary importance:

Protection of Your Assets

With proper access controls, the organization will able to restrict the number of people who have access to important items, as computers and papers containing sensitive information.

Theft Prevention

The loss of documents and electronic files containing sensitive data could ruin an entire organization. It’s absolutely necessary to acquire alarm systems that will alert authorities in the event of unauthorized access.

Protection of Your Staff

Apart from papers, documents, and computers, the staff should also be considered assets in the business. It’s important to install systems, such as fire alarms, in order to protect employees from dangerous events.

As for security breaches, you can avoid the consequences by following these tips:

Support

For increased security and data protection, you’re going to need a larger security budget. However, spending more money on security and data protection means spending less money on breach fines in the long run.

Educate

The organization’s biggest vulnerability is negligent employees or contractors. To avoid future breaches, conduct training, and awareness programs while enforcing security policies.

Hire

The top three actions believed to reduce the consequences of a data breach include hiring legal counsel, employing forensic experts, and assessing the harm to victims involved in the breach.

Learn

Learn from data breaches, whether they’re your own or other organizations. Limit the amount of personal data collected, limit the amount of data shared with third parties, and limit the amount of personal data stored.

FIND NETWORK SECURITY WEAK SPOTS BEFORE HACKERS

How many times in the past year have you read about hackers bypassing major companies’ security to steal confidential and valuable information?

You’ve probably lost track of the number. And definitely worried that you could be next. How to prevent your company from becoming a statistic? Read on to learn about finding weak spots in your network security before hackers do.

PREVENTING WIRELESS SNIFFING

One of the most important methods hackers use to steal data is called “sniffing.” The term refers to a program or a device that monitors information passing through a network.

Sniffers can do a great deal of damage. However, there is a way to stop them. Many software detection programs can sense whether a sniffer is running on a given computer or a network.

The best defense against sniffing is to use encryption. Encryption transforms data into unreadable code. The only way to see the information properly is if you’ve got the encryption key, which translates it back to its previous state.

EDUCATE EMPLOYEES

Surprisingly, one of the weakest spots in network security is your employees. It’s not so difficult to identify a problem on a network or a device. Employees, however, can commit all sorts of gaffes without you realizing it. And their mistakes can take quite a bit longer to detect.

Hackers frequently rely on a technique called “social engineering” to gain access to information. “Social engineering” relies on people’s basic good and trusting nature in order to trick them into sharing data they wouldn’t otherwise part with.

If a hacker breaks into a network. They require passwords and other credentials to steal information. So, the hacker sends out an email that appears to be from the HR department. This email requests usernames and passwords for what sounds like a genuine purpose. Because the employee doesn’t want to be uncooperative, they reply to the email, giving the criminal powerful data quickly and simply.

DYNAMIX SOLUTIONS: WE MAKE YOUR SECURITY OUR PRIORITY

Are you worried about your network security? Turn to Dynamix Solutions.

Since 2001, our talented group of specialists has been lightening the technological load for a diverse range of clients, providing a wide range of managed services and solutions with a high level of security.

AVOID NETWORK SECURITY ISSUES ONCE AND FOR ALL

The issue of network security can often keep IT managers and administrators awake at night, and there’s a good reason why it’s a dangerous world out there on the internet. Never to give your bank details out to an untrustworthy site, or respond to a phishing email, but there are plenty more dangers out there that companies operating on the world wide web should be aware of.

When security threats are regularly featuring on the news and affecting large companies such as Amazon, Facebook, and Google (as with the ‘Heartbleed’ bug back in April) it can seem like no-one is safe from security breaches. Thinking small business is 100 percent secure, or that an attack will never happen because your business is not as big as Google or Facebook, that couldn’t be further from the truth.

MISCONFIGURATION PROLIFERATION

According to Gartner, over 95 percent of all firewall breaches will be caused by simple misconfigurations, NOT vulnerabilities. So, if you’re obsessing over any vulnerabilities in the network security, the chances are that you could be looking in the wrong place.

CYBER ATTACKS

This year alone we’ve seen plenty of cyber-attacks and data breaches, exposing customer records and data as well as financial information from big companies. Back in February, Hold Security analysts made the announcement that they had managed to get hold of a list of 360 million account credentials for various web services via the black market. In February and March, eBay was to suffer the biggest hacking attack so far and embarrassingly had to ask for all its customers to change their passwords. Are you truly safe from a cyber-attack?

MOBILE SECURITY

As mobile business usage continues to become more mainstream, experts have increasingly been warning us about the potential for mobile malware. Now it seems those threats have come to fruition, as many companies are now fighting a wave of handheld attacks, and refocusing their efforts on internal controls and ensuring these are validated to avoid the situation escalating further.

VIP ACCESS LAXNESS

Overly permissive connectivity within businesses to their legitimate partners can, in fact, prove quite risky, as some of the more recent data breaches and network security problems show. One way to combat this is to improve the ability to track and keep control of these pathways into the network and be tighter with security.

BOTNETS

Botnets continue to be an ongoing issue in 2014, as malware developers target and leverage established beachheads often found within large enterprise networks. It’s thought with better policing we can quell such attacks by being more cautious regarding both inbound and outbound traffic.

With so many real network security problems and threats out there, the importance of keeping your network security up-to-date has never been such a high priority. The bottom line is, it’s better to be safe than sorry, as modern network security threats can have a devastating effect on the business, no matter what it’s size.

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