Why Your New Year’s Resolution Should Include Cyber Security

It’s no secret that the technology industry has gone through drastic advancements over the past few decades. While technology has the capability to make everyone’s lives a bit easier, it also makes us all much more vulnerable to cyber threats, especially over the past year as remote work has become more common. 

Keep reading to learn why it’s important to make sure your business’ phones and internet are secure, and why cyber security should be one of your top priorities in the New Year.

What Exactly is Cyber Security? 

In a nutshell, the main purpose of cyber security is to reduce the risk of cyber attacks while also protecting and recovering systems or programs from any type of attack. Cyber attacks have become extremely common as of recently and are an ongoing and evolving issue to not only organizations, but their employees and consumers as well. 

Why is Cyber Security More Important Now than Ever Before?

Organizations that don’t make cyber security a main priority fall victim to cyber attacks more often than not. Attacks, such as phishing and ransomware, are some of the most common, with a motive to not only access, but exploit sensitive data or extort money.

There’s a multitude of reasons as to why cyber attacks have increased over the years, such as:

  • More advanced technology leads to more advanced attacks – while technology has become much more sophisticated, the same goes for a hacker’s ability to launch attacks on a much larger scale. 
  • Consumers and businesses store important information in the cloud – the growth of the Internet has caused many people to become dependent on it, both personally and professionally. From personal photos, passwords and accounts to professional emails, credentials and documents, the cloud holds extremely valuable data that would result in massive loss and consequences for individuals and organizations if hackers gained access to their information. 
  • Mobile devices cumulate personal data – mobile devices are increasingly more and more popular each year and apps request an abundance of personal data. Once a hacker gains access to your device, it’s incredibly easy for them to hack your accounts and find out even more personal information and data.
  • Insufficiency in computer literacy is still a common occurrence – with all of the ongoing advancements, devices need to be constantly updated. However, this doesn’t mean that those who use these devices keep themselves personally up to date with all of the changes. This not only makes them more vulnerable to cyber threats and an easy target for a cyber attack, but also a potential risk for your business. 

If your personal or professional data remains unsecured, the outcome could be potentially dangerous for you and your bank account as well as your business and its reputation.

Protecting your data is essential, and you need a team you can trust to get the job done right!

Look no further than Netmaker Communications in Winchester, VA for all of your IT and network solution needs. From consulting services to installing a LAN network or VoIP, contact us today for your free consultation at 540-431-4901!