According to the Breach Level Index, close to 1,000 data-breaches occurred in the first half of 2017. In the same year, 146 million customer records were affected by the Equifax ordeal. Closer to home, security attacks have compromised HR company Page Up, as the personal details, tax file numbers and banking details of thousands of Australians are now insecure. Cyber security has never been more important.
Protecting the information of employees, clients and customers is a primary responsibility of any business, as we part with personally identifiable information (PII) at almost every turn. Names, addresses, phone numbers, passports, birth certificates, medical histories and University transcripts are just some the records you may collect, store and manage online or onsite. Without a comprehensive security plan, those same details are not safe from the temptations of the dark web – information is power and quite literally currency.
What is Cyber Security?
Information is fragile. In the wrong hands, employee details and specifics, or case files and discoveries, can wreak havoc on lives in an instant, destroying the credibility and viability of your business in a few taps of the keyboard. Nerve Solutions Group defines Cyber Security as the practice of maintaining the integrity, confidentiality and availability of information.
Our solutions defend against potential threats, network weakness and attempts made by people-run groups. Think hackers and criminal groups driven by the sale and/or profit generated by your information. Some people execute hacks just to test boundaries, others have more nefarious plans – we guard against them all.
Understanding Breach Classifications
When cyber security firms respond to attacks, the offending issue generally fits into one of three categories. Organisations – big, small and in-between – can be affected by:
Confidentiality Breaches: This is where most cyber incursions begin, copying (stealing) accessible personal information, financial information and even bitcoin wallets. Fraudsters, thieves and blackmailers all favour confidentiality breaches/
Integrity Breaches: Integrity breaches go by another name – sabotage. They seek to corrupt, damage and destroy anything from systems to the people who use them every day. Subtle or blatant, attacks on integrity are designed to devastate business, alienate supportive parties and ruin lives.
Availability Breaches: Perhaps the most famous of all attacks, ransomware prevents a business and/or individual from accessing their data, encrypting all information until a pre-determined amount is paid. Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) breaches are also prevalent – hackers flood the target’s network with requests, making is impossible to access.
What Are They Talking About?
Before we can continue our cyber security conversation in more detail, it will help if you know what we’re talking about when we share the room, call space or a quiet spot in a café. While you shouldn’t pressure yourself to become an expert – it takes a lifetime and usually changes year to year – getting to know the terms of the trade and their meanings won’t hurt either. Here are a few phrases we know you’ll hear along the way.
Cyber Security Jargon Buster: Your Brief Guide to Emerging Solutions
- Fraud Hunters: These cyber security applications detect and erase synthetic identity fraud tech.
Human-Factor Security: People-orientated training to eliminate email-based attacks (also known as phishing).
- Autonomous Watchdogs: A useful automation that implements security protocols; no human interference required.
- Dark-Web Intelligence: Specialised software that monitors potentially criminal activity in the hidden layers of the internet.
- Identity Vaults: Software dedicated to guarding employee, client and customer information (PII).
- Crowdsourced Security: Ethical hackers employed to discover software vulnerabilities.
- Continuous Authentication: Identifying people based on behaviours throughout a work session
Improve your security strategy with Nerve Solutions Group. Our team of cyber security specialists are on hand to simplify even the most complex problems, answering any questions you have along the way with clear-cut language. Protect yourself, protect your team, protect your business.