Dont be the next Hacking Headline Victim.
We are continually surprised by the number of clients that we see with zero or antiquated network security within their business. When we ask about securing their distributed workforce while working from home or managing multiple sites they often tell us they have an on-premises Firewall at their offices, but no real security solution for their staff who are no longer in the building.
Business now needs to consider what will they do when their staff leave the building. The old on-premises security appliances won't protect your business from the hoards of staff using their laptops, tablets, mobile phones and other BYO devices to access your network.
You only need to open the newspaper each day to see various examples of hacking, digital extortion, theft of personal information and IP theft to understand this is a real and growing threat to every day business.
Or ransomeware attacks where malicious actors lock down parts of your network demanding a ransom. It's not a foreign issue or only related to small business without an IT department. Some of Australia's biggest companies have, embarrassingly for their IT departments, fallen victim.
How do we protect our distributed Australian workforce from hacking?
The only way you can protect your multi site Australian business from hacking is with a Next Generation Cloud Firewall installed on all devices that are using the company network.
Using a fully integrated Cloud Firewall on all user devices including mobiles, tablets, laptops is the only way to protect your business. Inspect all of your network traffic, regardless of user location including hard to inspect SSL traffic.
What do you need to protect against?
It might not seem like there is much to worry about for some Australian business. The 'she'll be right mate' attitude does still prevail. But the threats are current, broad and very real.
Identity Theft - A secure network can prevent loss of the data and theft or personal and financial information. How would it affect your business of someone could access your bank or credit card accounts?
IP Theft - How would it affect your company if you have spent years perfecting that design, process, software or system to get a competitive advantage and then someone steals it. If the US defence department can be hacked for IP from the biggest defence program in history then you can bet you are at risk as well.
Ransomware attacks - Where malicious actors lock or block parts of your network from functioning and demand a payment to unlock. How would if affect your business cash flow if you had to pay out $250K or a Million dollars to unlock your network? Aside from being embarrassing, what would it do to your company reputation with your clients and your professional reputation? Thats why many businesses pay the ransom and choose to keep it quiet.
Botware - Sophisticated digital robots that continually look for ways into your network by spinning millions of access password attempts in a very short space of time.
Malware, Virus and Spam prevention are also common in unprotected networks.
Adding to the impetus to take action is there is now potential for significant government penalties where companies have not taken adequate precautions to protect the personal & financial data of their staff and clients.
It's certainly interesting times we live in.
If you would like to find out how you can make your network secure with a Cloud Firewall, find out more our at the Commschoice web site. Contact us to speak to an Australian based certified Cloud Firewall consultant. Commschoice Choice Cloud Firewall.