and How to Combat Them.

At no time in the history of the internet has cybersecurity been a more pressing topic. Sure, security has always been important but, without a clear picture of what it entails, it is unlikely that solutions can actually be effective.

Many business executives may feel confident that because they are working with a cybersecurity firm, they are protected. Of course, you are more protected from existing threats, but, if you or your staff don’t have some basic training, protections can be bypassed.

LISS Technologies isn’t in the industry to simply help business owners check off a box and put security into the back of their minds. However, you are hiring professionals for a reason—namely because you don’t have the expertise to keep systems protected yourself.

So, in addition to firewalls, monitoring, and regulatory compliance, we do all that we can to keep your staff trained and knowledgeable. The average employee sitting at their desk is your first line of defense. Below, I’ll explain why.

Defining Cybersecurity.

Let’s start with a few basic definitions. This list is by no means exhaustive but is meant to provide a schematic of what the threat landscape for businesses today looks like.

Malware – This is an umbrella term for many types of malicious software, including spyware, ransomware, and more.

Spyware – This type of malware is designed to track the behavior of an infected device or data moving through a network. Spyware can include everything from keystroke loggers—which can be used to gain login credentials or private data—to more powerful tools that let hackers have an inside look at your systems.

Ransomware – This malware is designed to lock you out of systems until a ransom is paid, usually in the form of bitcoin or another cryptocurrency. Often, the program will prompt a user on how to acquire and payout this ransom before a deadline.

Phishing – One of the most common vectors for infection, phishing is a type of attack where victims are sent a message, usually via email, and instructed to follow a link. Once there, they will often be asked to provide information like login credentials or other personal data. These messages are often carefully disguised to look like they are coming from trusted sources.

Distributed-Denial-of-Service Attack – These attacks, abbreviated as DDOS, flood a system with traffic to limit the ability for legitimate users to access services.

Knowledge Is Power, Safety, and Peace of Mind.

Though a scheme like phishing isn’t the only method for an attacker to get into your systems, it is an incredibly common, yet preventable situation.

The first piece of the puzzle is awareness. Your team needs to know that malicious emails are coming their way—it’s only a matter of time.

Next, create a culture where verification is encouraged. If someone receives a suspicious-looking email from their coworker, they should be encouraged to give that person a call—or, when we’re all back in our offices, walk over to their desk—and simply ask. Oftentimes people are concerned with wasting someone else’s time or appearing overly cautious, but it’s always better to check.

None of these factors exist in isolation—let us help you form a cohesive cybersecurity strategy today.