Security is one of the most important concerns in ICT.

There are many cases out there involving hacking and cyber threats on high profiles. A lot of businesses arrange solutions to this kind of problems on their systems but don’t update their functionality as often as they should and unfortunately that leads to businesses being affected currently, all across the world.  Attacks in Russia, US, Ukraine have showed that everyone can suffer from this problem, even the biggest corporations. 

What you can do to protect our IT network?

They’re are many ways to do that, most of them are pretty obvious, other not so much, but like I mentioned before If you don’t do the “obvious” things like updating or checking a couple of times if everything is okay, that can make attacks a lot easier. The hackers are always seeking for opportunities to infiltrate the system. And you have to be prepared at your maximum skill to prevent that.

First you have to talk about this subject with everyone, don’t ignore what can be a fatal mistake to everything you’re doing. There are many potential threats. If you staff is aware of that, the changes of being attacked are smaller. If you don’t know what’s happening you’re more likely to be a victim right?

Review and review again your company policies. It’s pretty easy to break the system, believe me. Make sure that the criminals can’t exploit internal systems.

Second, Firewall.

Firewall is a key tool. Use that.

Why?

Because they can actually stop potentional threats before they reach your business.

The hackers have to study very well your fails and weaknesses,while they check the internet connect regularly and at the first opportunity (guess what, they take it!) they attempt to exploit. Firewall can help you fight that.

Now a basic one but not less important.  use ANTI-VIRUS.

You’re just stupid if you don’t. Although this may be a real basic stuff there is still people who don’t use them. It’s common sense, you need to have that in every machine in your organisation. It’s almost an obligation. It doesn’t mean anything if you follow the other rules and don’t have an anti-virus software. You’re IT network it will be totally open to exposure.

And there are so many…but if you can, I advice you to use a program that includes threat monitoring tool and firewall.

Now the most common question : “there is still any risks of being hacked even after following all these things?”

I mean, yeah, definitely. This are tips, I can’t prevent anything from happening. But they reduce a lot of risks.

If any attack occurs directly to you or your organization you need to speak with a ICT expert.

There’s a bunch of reasons that can lead to that. Maybe something simple that is being overlooked or something that isn’t implemented correctly.

USE ALWAYS YOUR MAXIMUM PROTECTION AGAINST THIS ATTACKS. CONSIDER THE POTENTIAL COST OF TIME AND MONEY THAN AN ATTACK COULD HAVE ON YOUR BUSINESS.

Best of luck!