Why basic security procedures are no longer enough

In the past, simple procedures like informing employees of basic security rules and incorporating standard anti-virus software may have been enough to deflect the majority of cyber security threats, but this is no longer the case.

Some of us may remember receiving the bulk office emails and being asked to sit through staff meetings concerning password strength and the danger of bringing external technology advices into work – others might still have to go through such routines.

And while regularly reminding staff of the simple security measures they can take to help reduce cyber security risk is a valuable part of an overall security strategy, it is not nearly enough to deter potential threats completely.

The truth is that modern security threats come in all shapes and sizes and can infiltrate your system using a variety of predictable and unpredictable measures.

For that reason, many businesses are choosing to fight back by undergoing penetration testing and ethical hacking assessments.

Penetration testing can provide an in depth assessment of the risks and vulnerabilities present to your business while allowing your staff to carry on working at full productivity.

Alternately, ethical hacking procedures in which trained experts simulate a legitimate attempt at unauthorised access can identify any and all entry points that might be utilised by malicious hackers.

Both procedures can be catered to the individual needs of your business and are designed for attentive and determined organisations with maximum efficiency in mind.

It is no longer safe to leave digital security as an afterthought or a secondary priority. Organisations of all shapes and sizes must be prepared to deal with a range of potential risks.

For that reason it is your responsibility to ensure that you are utilising the most advanced tools at your disposal in order to minimise those risks.

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