Published on October 5th, 2013 | by Alice Aires0
Preventing Forced Entry On Your Data
Data protection is a very important and serious aspect for many businesses. When you deal with customers, they entrust you with this sensitive data. As a result, various laws and requirements are in place to ensure that you do your best to keep this safe.
When it comes to the internet, this is still just as true. Yet online threats take a very different form to physical forms of data theft. As such any business should want to invest in the relevant security. While some aspects are required, such as Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards, the methods listed here are not.
However, they are highly recommended as using them offers an extra level of security to make any such breaches or forced entry even harder to achieve for unscrupulous third parties.
The Right Protection
When on a home computer, simple anti-virus software is enough. Business has more threats to face and, consequently, that simple programme will no longer suffice.
Criminals have many means to force entry into your data. A Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) aims to overwhelm your systems to bypass various points of security while a penetration attack aims to simply break through. These are just two examples, but it’s clear that they work in very different means. What works on one won’t necessarily work on the other.
Since you don’t know what to expect, it helps to have a wider, more robust level of security available. This will offer protection against more options. Or you could opt for various smaller, dedicated security methods.
Either system is good, so long as you cover all the bases and leave no method exposed – such an open risk would attract someone.
Of course, if you do get breached, this can still prove useful. The information can show you what happened. To do this you will need to invest in computer forensic specialists, such as those available from NCC Group, which can interpret this information for you.
This data will be critical because it will highlight what went wrong and how entry was forced into your server.
Knowing this allows you to make repairs and add extra security if needed. Not knowing at all, however, would mean other thieves could pull the same trick twice.
Having such forensics on hand will also provide the quickest response as the service is already in place and activated the moment something occurs.