The threat of a cyberattack is very real, and as technology continues to improve, hackers are employing more and more ingenious ways of targeting individuals and businesses.
According to statistical comparisons between 2014 and 2015, cyberattacks are increasing in volume and intensity each year. In fact, with so many large businesses making headlines around network attacks, the question is: who have hackers not targeted?
Approach attacks with a mindset of mitigation, not simply prevention.
Keeping an eye on your network activity
The thought of your network being taken offline by a group of stealthy hackers is a terrifying prospect. However, one of the most important things to consider when understanding the security level of a network is to approach attacks with a mindset of mitigation, not simply prevention.
NetCraft Australia’s Managing Director, Tique Bennett, shares some of her expertise on how individuals and businesses can implement procedures to lessen the damage of a potential attack, should it happen.
“One of the things that is essential in a network is to have monitoring in place so you’re identifying trends in the network and you’re able to react, not in reactionary way, but to prevent further deterioration of your network,” she says.
With effective monitoring, system administrators are able to identify if someone is scouting, or ‘sniffing’, their network. They can also pinpoint exactly where the potential attack may be originating, allowing you to take preventative measures and look at recovery options should the network become compromised.
Make a network redundancy plan
Many hackers don’t work alone or even in one place; between 16 December and 31 December, 2015, multiple hacker groups across a range of countries worked in unison to compromise the networks of high-profile organisations. During this brief period, hackers gained access to Xbox Live, the control system of the New York Dam, the Hyatt Hotel Organisation and the BBC.
While monitoring and enforcing security is good sense, having a redundancy plan in place should an attack happen is a wise idea for companies, albeit one that is often overlooked.
“The whole issue around security is that people don’t think it’s going to happen to them – like getting some dire disease – so there has to be a mindset of prevention,” Ms. Bennett says.
One of the key disaster recovery tips NetCraft Australia offers individuals and businesses is how a redundancy plan can save a network in the case of an outage.
“If one part of the network goes down you’re able, in essence, to pick up another part of the network. If you don’t have a redundancy or some backup plan then you really are in a dire situation.”
Having a redundancy plan in place should an attack happen is a wise idea.
The real cost on your business
In the event that your network is compromised and taken offline due to a security breach, the employees within your business will be rendered ineffective, unable to due their jobs and receiving the same frustration from users unable to access your network services.
In the competitive modern environment of telecommunications, if a customer is unable to make a call, send a text or use the service they have paid you for, you can expect that they will very quickly move on to someone with a more reliable network.
With a redundancy plan ready, you can ensure your network will remain healthy in the event of a cyberattack. The result of this is two-fold: not only do your customers experience little interruption to their service, it also prevents you having to take corrective action that will cost you and your business.
“You’d be surprised at the number of people who don’t think about redundancy until it’s too late,” Ms. Bennett adds.
The NetCraft Solution
At NetCraft Australia, we offer a wide range of network and disaster recovery solutions no matter the size of your business. We provide 24-hour support, seven days a week, as well as offering replacement hardware should it be required.
Reach out to NetCraft today and find out how we can provide expert, professional solutions for any networking concern.