IT Security in the workplace has always been top priority for Techstream Solutions. However, IT Security has also received extensive media coverage due recent policy changes made in Australia. The Australian Government has recognised IT security breaches have doubled in the past 12 months alone and is actively cracking down. Realistically, it’s only a matter of time before your business is a target of an attack, so it is important to understand the risks to your business and implement the necessary measures to dramatically reduce a cyber security attack.
Alarming statistics show that 68% of security breaches are caused by humans. Of those businesses who have experienced a security breach, 50% will pay the ransomware to recover their files. 33% of businesses who pay the ransomware will unfortunately never recover their files.
Spam numbers have increased by 400% in the last year, with 44% of spam containing some form of malicious attachments and 85% containing ransomware. If this isn’t alarming enough, for businesses who suffer a cyber-attack, many will go out of business within six months of the attack occurring.
The good news is that the Australian Government has launched an IT Security Campaign focusing on strategies to protect business systems against a range of cyber threats.
Organisations can now access crucial information through The Australian Government to implement the right strategies to mitigate potential security incidents. The Australian Government has named the eight essential mitigation strategies “The Essential Eight”. By implementing a proactive strategy, your business will be more cost effective in terms of time, money and effort than reactively having to respond to a successful large scale cyber security Incident.
So what are the Essential Eight?
- Daily Backups
- Patch Operating Systems
- Multi-factor authentication
- Restrict Administration Privileges
- User Application Hardening
- Configure/Enhance Microsoft Offic Macro Settings
- Application Whitelisting
- Patch Applications.
If you are unsure if your business IT systems cover “The Essential Eight”, Techstream Solutions can assist. We are offering a Free Security Health Analysis. This involves an audit of your systems and providing a report with recommendations to further improve your workplace security.
For further information and thorough breakdown of The Essential Eight, click here.