Cybersecurity is the protection of computer systems, networks, mobile devices, electronic systems, and data from malicious attacks. The objective of cybersecurity is to prevent harm to your computer networks, applications, devices and data.

Cybersecurity is constantly evolving to keep up with the shifting strategies and technology used by hackers.

The importance of cybersecurity can’t be stressed enough, it encompasses everything that involves protecting personally identified information (PII), protected health information (PHI), personal information, intellectual property; practically all information of value in the modern world as everything is stored via a computer system, an easily hackable platform unless adequately protected.

A Clark School study at the University of Maryland is one of the first to gauge the magnitude of the problem with hacker attacks of computers with internet access happening every 39 seconds on average, affecting 1 in 3 people every year. Most attacks could have been avoided if people used secure usernames and passwords.

Having the correct technical and organizational measures in place to protect the sensitive data that your business holds is very important, not just for you but for your employee and customer information also.

 

The business benefits of having a good standard of cybersecurity

The cost of a cyber-attack

‘Overall: We estimate that malicious cyber activity cost the U.S economy 57 billion’ in 2019.¹

 

Customer appeal 

Stating to your customers that you have a cybersecurity protocol in place will also prove attractive to potential customers concerned about the security of their data, possibly resulting in new revenue streams for the business.

 

Certification inspires confidence

Some cybersecurity programmes provide certification, following the correct procedure which will allow you to be permitted to display a badge or certificate. This badge or certification will distinguish your business as one that cares about online security. It will ensure customers, suppliers and partners that their personal and business data is safe in your hands.

 

Where to start with cybersecurity

A good place to start with cybersecurity is by implementing best practices, known as five key controls for cybersecurity.

These include:

  1. Firewalls
  2. Secure configuration
  3. Access control
  4. Malware protection
  5. Patch management

There are of course factors outside of these five controls to aid in the protection of your data, however, these are a good place to start. In each of our following blogs, we will be exploring each of these controls in more detail and how you can implement the best practices around each in your business.

 

We’re Blazon

At Blazon Technologies, we specialized in protecting our clients’ network and data, ensuring they can keep running their business even if disaster strikes them.

To find out how we can help you with your security and protection, contact us for more information.

 

Sources

¹https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/The-Cost-of-Malicious-Cyber-Activity-to-the-U.S.-Economy.pdf