A data hostage crisis was experienced recently by Riviera Beach City Council. An innocent-looking email opened by an employee, quickly escalated, leading to the shutdown of city computers. With their valuable data held hostage by hackers, the city had no choice but to pay the demanded ransom.
Riviera Beach is yet another example of the increasing frequency of sophisticated cyber attacks, spreading targeted ransomware to steal business-critical data. With ever-increasing cybersecurity challenges, what is the best course of action to improve your defenses?
“Many cyberattacks happen because hackers spot network vulnerabilities, such as web-based email services, poor end-user education, and weak passwords. A detailed vulnerability assessment will identify potential weaknesses, before criminals can exploit them”. says Rob Mayo-Smith, CEO and Co-Founder of Simply Secure.
What is a Vulnerability Assessment?
A vulnerability assessment is a detailed security audit of your current system. It will identify, quantify, and prioritize vulnerabilities in your network and applications. What you ultimately gain is in-depth knowledge from your cybersecurity team with recommendations and risk analysis.
What will a Vulnerability Assessment deliver?
A thorough vulnerability assessment, performed by a certified cybersecurity professional, will deliver the following results.
Define and classify your network systems, resources, applications, hardware, outdated software and older hardware, that often lead to increased threats.
Develop a strategy to tackle identified threats based on their level of severity to impact your business.
Implement a plan to minimize the consequences of a successful attack.
“Targeted cybercrime is on the rise, and you must make sure that your security software is capable of defending your data. Hiring a trusted and experienced cybersecurity team, to identify vulnerabilities before they are compromised, is a critical first step.” said, Rob Mayo-Smith.
The experts at Simply Secure are industry certified professionals, delivering cybersecurity solutions in the Miami – Fort Lauderdale area.