Cybersecurity

IntelleSECURE-imgCybersecurity is the term that points to the security of all of your technical devices: computers, network, servers, smart phones, WiFi, wireless printers, phone systems – anything you connect to the internet. In some companies it can even pertain to vending machines, HVAC systems, refrigerators, and even defibrillators – again, anything that connects to the internet. All of the devices we connect to the internet can be an entry point for cyber bullies and hackers and if these devices have entry into your business network – full time, part time or one time – they can be an entry point for mischief.

Another entry point for these bad actors is through email. This is where 90% of ransomware is encountered. You know, the email you click on and suddenly all of your files are encrypted and inaccessible and it is spreading throughout the company. You can regain access to them by paying a ransom. You need to prevent this from happening through education and have procedures in place in case it does.

To prevent these mischief-makers making mischief for you, something needs to be done to protect your technology – computers, networks and email – from them. And physical or technical protection is not all you need. There are elements of awareness and education that need to be brought in as well.

Also, while I call cyber intrusions “mischief”, it can be way more serious than that sounds. Not only are you facing interruption of service but loss of business data and stealing of customer information and trade secrets. If you take credit cards or hold SSN’s, or sensitive personal information (such as medical) there could be fines and retribution in the form of HIPAA and PCI violations which call for fines on top of the other trouble created. Do not take this subject lightly.

There is only one way to ensure cyber security – stay unplugged from the internet. And even that isn’t 100%, just harder. Since that is not practical in today's world, steps need to be taken.

Why You Are Vulnerable To Cyber Bullies

You are probably not being targeted directly. Not by the Russians, the Romanians or the Chinese. You are probably not a big enough fish for them to try and hack you directly. If you are, you already know it.

BUT there are hundreds or thousands of “bots” (cyber robots) that daily troll the internet looking for vulnerabilities. When they find vulnerability they will attempt to exploit it. If they are successful, they will enter your system and see what there is to get. If they are looking for something they can sell, they will take it. You may know it, or you may not. If they didn’t find anything, you may not even know they were there, but now they can come back any time – unless you change something.

Preventing Cyber Attacks

Firewalls

A firewall is hardware device or software that seeks to prevent someone from gaining access to your system (a locked door). As with locked doors, there are various types and some are more effective than others. Here there are the same types of differences – you can have a flimsy door that won’t stop anyone, a solid wooden door that will slow them down or one that is armored steel and keeps out all but the most determined. There are even doors with cameras, alarms and other security. So it is with firewalls.

You need a firewall. You need a good and effective one (hint: the router from your service provider is not one). They can be a little pricey sometimes (especially if you’ve never had one before) but they are worth the investment in your security. If you take credit cards (PCI), have HIPAA requirements or other regulations to follow, they are essential and pretty much a must-have.

KML uses and recommends firewalls that have UTM (Universal Threat Management) software integrated into the hardware structure. This is a set of definitions of viruses, malware and dangerous websites that is kept current and provides an additional layer of protection for your network.

Anti-Virus/Anti-Malware

Firewalls and UTM devices work, but they are not perfect. The next line of defense is an Anti-Virus software program on all your computers and your server.

I know what you are thinking: “I can use the program that I get from my internet provider for free!” Maybe not. First, the programs that are provided for free are provided to so many individuals that they are the most common anti-virus programs. This means that the people who write viruses and try to exploit systems with them are more likely to write around these particular tools, so it is a wise step to pick another good yet more obscure anti-virus program. Second, whatever you have must have a database of virus definitions that is updated regularly because new viruses and malware are constantly introduced to the market. This means you must have a paid version of the software so that your virus/malware definitions are a constantly up to date.

IntelleSECURE

IntelleSECURE is the KML brand of security programs that add additional security to your system. There are two types, educational and observational.

IntelleSECURE EDU (educational) is a way to prevent employees from clicking on phishing messages  (fake messages with malicious intent). IntelleSECURE EDU is inexpensive and effective insurance. Amplifying information about IntelleSECURE EDU can be found here.

IntelleSECURE CTM (Cyber Threat Management) is a way to monitor the traffic on your network and classify various threats based on comparison to a large known database of threats. False positives are ignored and real threats are remeditated within a short time. Amplifying information on IntelleSECURE CTM is available here.