Network Security: Not Something to be Ignored

Network Security: Not Something to be Ignored

Our computers are constantly being bombarded from all directions with traffic. The problem is that not all of the traffic is good and that some of it will threaten your system, even if it’s not intended to be malicious. You need to ensure that your system is meeting resiliency and performance requirements so that it can handle the traffic it is experiencing. Technology is exponentially growing and because of this networks need to be always kept up to date and not left to gather dust.

While your systems need to be up to date to handle traffic, they also need to be kept up to date to handle the increasing number of threats that can affect your cybersecurity. One way in which your system can be vulnerable is through receiving unwarranted phishing and spear phishing attacks.

Phishing is where sensitive information such as usernames and passwords are attempted to be stolen by someone masquerading as someone trustworthy. For example, you may receive an email from what appears to be PayPal asking you for your details when it is not them in reality and that individual then has access to your bank account.

Spear phishing is a deeper and more personal version of this in which the individual appears to be someone you know personally to try and gain sensitive information from you. We at ACUTEC have experienced this where our Office Manager, Carole, received an email from our Managing Director, Chris, asking her to deposit £5000 into an external account. Luckily, Carole questioned the email as Chris’s tone seemed unusual and there was no explanation of what the money was for.

Network security is something that all businesses need to be aware of. Without the correct precautions in place your systems, as well as other important areas like your finances, are vulnerable to attacks.

Due to the increasing issue of network security, ACUTEC is offering a free lunch briefing on 2nd December at 12:30pm at Birmingham Chamber of Commerce to ensure that you are fully informed on what could be holding your business back. At this event we will be joined by a representative from our partner Dell who will contribute to the discussion and relay their own experiences of businesses who have not kept networks up to date. To book your place at this event please call 01675 469020 or email amy.staniszewski@acutec.co.uk.