There are a variety of IT vulnerability threat concerns that businesses are forced to contend with, but by understanding what these risks are and forming a preventative plan of action to mitigate the damage, you can put your company in good stead to fend off and recover from an attack.
Regardless of how it happens, the net effect of an attack or disaster is time and money lost, and possibly your clients’ trust, as well. An attack or disaster could cause your system to crash or your data to be deleted. If your operation comes to a standstill, you will be losing money as you try to get your network and systems running again. Lost sales and lost work hours all affect your bottom line.
If your data is stolen, the thieves may gain access to your proprietary information. This could mean loss of market share on your part. IT vulnerability threat concerns are more than just your personal data, however. The data stolen could also be personal information such as client and customer addresses, social security numbers, and other confidential data. Having to track down where this went will take time and resources, and will inevitably cause a loss of trust in you on the part of your clients.
If an attacker gains access to your system, they may destroy, copy, or share your data. Worse yet, they may use your hardware as a jumping off point to attack other companies. This could put your reputation on the line, and with your reputation goes your customers and clients.
What can you do to mitigate the damage in the event of an attack or a disaster?
* Create a comprehensive disaster recovery plan to utilize in the event of a loss. It should outline the most important systems and software, and plan for getting your business operating again as quickly as possible.
* Back up your data on a regular basis. This way you have a starting point for recovering any additional data lost without having to start from scratch. Store your data off of your network to keep it safe from hackers.
* Regularly review your security procedures and make sure they are being properly implemented. Your risks and concerns will change over time, so a thorough review of your procedures is key. The procedures do not work if they are not being used, and proper use of these procedures will lower your IT vulnerability threat concerns.
Addressing your IT vulnerability threat concerns is necessary to ensure the smooth operation of your business. The threats may come from many sources, but by using proper security measures, backing up your data, and having a plan of action you can reduce the risk of damage in the event of a disaster or an attack.
Daniel Gottilla senior consultant at Guidance
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