System hardening is the process of securing a computer system by reducing the amount of vulnerabilities that it has. When a computer is initially purchased and set up, its default configuration can contain many non-essential services and settings that may be used by hackers to get access to the system. System hardening is the process of removing or changing these default settings so that a computer can be as secure as possible before it is used in production.
Getting hacked can be a scary time for a business, many people don’t know what to do or even where to begin. 60% of small businesses that suffer a cyber attack close down within 6 months. The average cost of a cyber attack is about $3.62 million globally. How you manage the cyber attack will be very important in preventing it from negatively affecting your business to a point of no return.
Testing is an essential part of your Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Plan. Until you put your plans through some simulated tests all you have is theory and you can’t be sure that it will work in a real-life scenario. How much time and resources you want to put towards the test will depend on the type of test that is best for your organization. Generally, more theory-based tests can be done multiple times per year and will only involve a small number of employees, usually upper management and other key personnel.
The purpose of Business Continuity (BC) is to maintain business operations following a disaster. BC and disaster recovery work together to bring an organization back to full operations. Usually, when a disaster happens your BC plan will allow your company to continue operations at a diminished capacity, so say 60% of your full capacity. While you are operating at 60%, you begin your disaster recovery, which is a plan that brings you back from your diminished capacity (60%) to your full 100%.
A Disaster Recovery (DR) Plan is a document that outlines how an organization can get back to full operations following an unplanned incident, this includes things like hurricanes, earthquakes, fires or an unexpected cyber-attack. Having an unexpected disturbance can have a huge impact on smaller companies, 40-60% of small businesses that lose access to operational systems without a DR plan go out of business.
One of the non technical issues businesses face during a data breach is media obligations. There are many regulatory bodies that require you to inform your customers and business partners when a cybersecurity incident occurs. On average 29% of businesses that suffer a data breach end up losing revenue and of that 29%, 38% experienced a loss of revenue of at least 20% or more.
PCI-DSS stands for payment card industry data security standard. In September 2006, 5 major credit card brands(Visa International, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, and JCB) established the payment card Industry Security Standards Council (PCI-SSC). PCI-SSC created and continues to oversee PCI-DSS, which is an information security standard for organizations that accept or process credit cards in any way.
The software development life cycle is a set of 6 steps used in the software industry to design and test high quality software products. Each step has the possibility to introduce security risks into an application. From a security point of view it’s important to understand what needs to be done at each step to avoid creating an application filled with bugs.
Almost everyone has bought or been covered under insurance, it’s an important aspect of our daily lives and is considered essential to protecting yourself in an emergency. Cybersecurity is no exception, having the proper insurance can save your business thousands or millions of dollars in a Cybersecurity Crisis. About 60% of companies that suffer a data breach, go out of business within 6 months and the average cost of a data breach in the US for 2019 is $3.9 million.
Email is an essential part of any modern day business used by over 90% of companies with the average business person sends and receives about 112 emails per day. As a result it represents a consistent and reliable attack surface for hackers. Being able to properly secure your company’s corporate email is an important part of your overall security strategy. Through email hackers can use many different methods to get access to your network.