How big is the data threat to your business?
Every tech provider talks up the data threat to your business. But, it can be very hard sitting at your desk, behind your ISP or server firewall, to gauge how big this “massive threat” is to your business. Unless you get to that unfortunate day when your company is hacked or a worker falls victim to social phishing, it is easy enough with a busy schedule not to worry about what’s going on behind the wireless network and through the wires plugged into your servers.
To show just how dangerous the Internet is, there are a range of sites showing off just how wild it can be. Take a look at Digital Attack Map (http://www.digitalattackmap.com) which shows off major Internet attack events from around the world. If your cloud service becomes unresponsive or inaccessible, it could be due to a hacker-launched bot attack that is DDoSing a major provider’s servers. You can also take a look at some historic attacks and see just how big the scale of some monster outages have been.
Kaspersky’s attack map provides a 3D visualisation (https://cybermap.kaspersky.com/) of the results from its many business and consumer scanning tools. This map allows you to focus on specific countries or areas. It displays a real-time view from millions of PCs and servers, around the globe. While this might be a tool to get customers interested in their products, it provides a quick guide to the volume and frequency of attacks that are launched against any user.
Perhaps the most vivid example of online threats is the Norse Map (http://map.norsecorp.com/#/). This highlights and categorises attacks as they happen, demonstrating the frequency, scale and types of threats.
Just a quick look at these maps can show a business leader or owner what we are collectively up against, both solution providers and end users. It can certainly be used to encourage those businesses without enough data security to invest in a proper solution. They help to highlight how important your computer and IT security is, and the importance of backups and disaster recovery, and why relying on just a single solution (local or cloud) is a business mistake. For information on how to protect your IT infrastructure, contact us today.