Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the last few years, you will probably have heard the words cyber security in the news on an increasingly frequent basis. If you work in a large business then you may perform regulatory training to ensure that your company is complying with regulations when it comes to protecting data. Or if you are an IT professional, then cyber security is probably something that has increasingly become important for your business and this has been reflected in the focus of your department.
So for the non-experts, lets take a closer look at what people are talking about when they refer to cyber security. In the literal break down, it means the security of all things cyber (anything to do with the Internet). So this can mean many things, from having encryption software that protects emails, to firewalls that prevent unauthorised access. This can be both ingoing and outgoing i.e. stopping hackers accessing your website, or preventing employees accessing websites that are high risk Measures like this are common features that IT specialists will develop to protect data theft.
Unfortunately, even if you have lots of very good software and processes in place, cyber criminals are very clever and they can usually find a way to get around the deterrents that are put in place. Businesses can spend millions of pounds on their IT infrastructure to make it as well protected as they possibly can but they still can be victims of cyber attacks. Last year there were some very high profile cases where large companies were subjected to cyber attacks. Last year, Twitter, Spotify, Reddit and PayPal were all affected by web attacks. So, as you can see even the biggest companies, with great IT expertise at their disposal can be affected.
It can sound daunting, but really the only thing that businesses can do is try to keep up with the latest protection software and work with regulators to continually improve their security. The government has dedicated £1.9 billion over the next five years to cyber security, which shows how high the risk and impact of cyber attacks is regarded.
If your business is unfortunate enough to be victims of cyber attacks and lose data as a consequence, there are ways that you can recover files. If your IT department isn’t able to, or you’re a smaller business that doesn’t have IT personnel then you can always seek external assistance such as a data recover company. You can hire such companies to provide advice, install software or for specific services such as sql database recovery. Costs will vary depending on the company and the services that you require but if you desperately need to recover files, then it will no doubt be worth paying any cost.
So that is a very high level overview of cyber security but you will be hearing a lot more about it over the next few years as companies across the UK try to combat the growing threat of cyber attacks.