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As technology advances by the day, so do the lengths cybercriminals will go to in order to steal your company’s data.
By Amanda Tompkins
As we ring in the new year for 2023, cybercriminals are still planning their attacks on small and large businesses. The companies within Rockland County are no exception to this.
Most business owners tend to push cybersecurity to the background of their business models due to the expense that goes into both the startup and the upkeep of equipment, but in today’s world, it’s hard to put a price on peace of mind. Protected Harbor offers the safety and cybersecurity a company needs at a reasonable price. Their expert IT engineers work alongside their clients to determine their business needs. Protected Harbor understands there is no one size fits all option for the companies of Orangeburg, NY, so every service is tailored to what a client needs to keep their most precious files safe.
Hacking and Malware
As technology advances by the day, so do the lengths cybercriminals will go to in order to steal your company’s data. These criminals aren’t so much focused on the size of your company or the field you’re in; they only care about the type of data they can harvest. A few ways hackers are trying to break into your system are as follows:
- Email Hacking and Phishing Scams: Hackers follow patterns and will try to email you from an address similar to one you may be familiar with. Take the ending of Protected Harbor’s email address, for example, @protectedharbor.com. A hacker can easily change the ending of their address to @protected1harbor.com or @protectedharborr.com, tricking the receiver, who may not be paying close enough attention. Once one of these malicious links is downloaded onto your system, it can be challenging to get rid of as it can spread through the corporate network and compromise sensitive data.
- Ransomware: With ransomware, hackers can encrypt all your data, rendering it useless and demanding a ransom payment in return for the key to your files. Hackers find their way in through emails, making them dangerous to even view as a virus can be hidden through micro-coding and download itself automatically to your system.
These are just two of the many ways cybercriminals are trying to break into your system daily. So, what can you do? You can look into hiring a managed IT service provider like Protected Harbor.
How Do I Know My Current IT Provider is Looking Out for My Company?
One way is to determine if your team is being reactive or proactive in its approach to solving problems. For example, if an update needs to happen, are they doing it immediately or waiting until the last minute? Another way is by seeing what they offer. Most companies will offer email, web hosting, and more to help reduce your overhead costs, saving you thousands in the long run. Protected Harbor offers redesigning to our clients to greatly minimize the threat surface. That way, in the event a client does get hacked, our design prevents any backups of previous files from being affected, allowing us to recover most clients’ data within an hour. Finally, a good IT company will evaluate the software and applications you are already using and recommend a cheaper or stronger alternative. They will never try to upsell you on equipment you don’t need.
If you’re looking for an IT company that cares about its clients and the cybersecurity of its clients’ businesses, contact Protected Harbor today for a free IT audit and learn more about how they can help turn your IT services from a cost center to a cost saver.