How secure is your small business from cyber threats?
Small businesses are now the target for over 60% of all cyber security attacks.
It doesn’t make any difference if you’re a small, medium, or large business. You are vulnerable as well as all the records you retain for your customers, employees and vendors. Your odds of being hacked are very good; just one single successful cyber attack can put you out of business and set you up for legal ramifications.
Protect your business from cyber attacks.
According to Caleb Barlow, Vice President – IBM Security, cybercrime netted a whopping $450 billion in profits in 2015, with 2 billion records lost or stolen worldwide. That’s staggering.
As technology gets smarter, so do hackers. Cyber attacks on large companies make big headlines, however, attacks on small businesses are getting far more prevalent. Most small businesses are unprepared to deal with cyber security threats, leaving them especially vulnerable.
TechOne Centre’s IT Security Service is your company’s ultimate ally against cybercrime.
University of Houston Small Business Development Center Seminars
|Protecting Your Business Data||UH Bauer College SBDC||May 23, 2017||9:00 AM – 11:00 AM||Free||Register|
|How Secure Is Your Business From Cyber Threats||Brenham Fireman’s Training Center||June 7, 2017||10:30 AM – 11:00 AM||$49||Register|
|Data Protection for Your Business (2 for 1 Special Offer)||UH Bauer College SBDC||June 22, 2017||9:00 AM – 4:00 PM||$19.00||Register|
Small businesses are now the target for over 60% of all cyber security attacks. It doesn’t make any difference if you’re a small, medium, or large business. You are vulnerable as well as all the records you retain for your customers, employees and vendors. Your odds of being hacked are very good; just one single successful cyber-attack can put you out of business and set you up for legal ramifications.
Make plans to attend one of our seminars. You will walk away armed with specific actions you can take to protect your business, your clients, your vendors, and your family from cybercrime. This is a non-technical workshop presented in plain English for small businesses of all types.
Internet Penetration Test
A penetration test, colloquially known as a pen test, is an authorised simulated attack on a computer system that looks for security weaknesses, potentially gaining access to the system’s features and data.
The process typically identifies the target systems and a particular goal—then reviews available information and undertakes various means to attain the goal. A penetration test target may be a white box (which provides background and system information) or black box (which provides only basic or no information except the company name). A penetration test can help determine whether a system is vulnerable to attack, if the defenses were sufficient, and which defenses (if any) the test defeated.
Security issues that the penetration test uncovers should be reported to the system owner. Penetration test reports may also assess potential impacts to the organization and suggest counter measures to reduce risk.
The goals of a penetration test varies depending on the type of approved activity for any given engagement with the primary goal focused on finding vulnerabilities that could be exploited by a nefarious actor, and informing the client of those vulnerabilities along with recommended mitigation strategies.
Penetration tests are a component of a full security audit. For example, the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard requires penetration testing on a regular schedule, and after system changes.
Information Technology Security Assessments
Information Technology Security Assessment (IT Security Assessment) is an explicit study to locate IT security vulnerabilities and risks.
In an assessment, the assessor should have the full cooperation of the organization being assessed. The organization grants access to its facilities, provides network access, outlines detailed information about the network, etc. All parties understand that the goal is to study security and identify improvements to secure the systems. An assessment for security is potentially the most useful of all security tests.
The goal of a security assessment (also known as a security audit, security review, or network assessment, is to ensure that necessary security controls are integrated into the design and implementation of a project. A properly completed security assessment should provide documentation outlining any security gaps between a project design and approved corporate security policies. Management can address security gaps in three ways: Management can decide to cancel the project, allocate the necessary resources to correct the security gaps, or accept the risk based on an informed risk / reward analysis.
The following methodology outline is put forward as the effective means in conducting security assessment:
Requirement Study and Situation Analysis
Security policy creation and update
Report & Briefing
Security Assessment Report should include the following information:
Executive and Management summary
Assessment scope and objectives
Assumptions and limitations
Methods and assessment tools used
Current environment or system description with network diagrams, if any
Summary of findings and recommendations
The general control review result
The vulnerability test results
Risk assessment results including identified assets, threats, vulnerabilities, impact and likelihood assessment, and the risk results analysis