Network Security

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How secure is the data on your network?

Northeast IS can provide a complimentary network security assessment that will identify cybersecurity risks to your network.

The threat landscape has evolved and our analysis will help address many of the exposures that could dramatically impact your business, including:

Dark Web Monitoring

Are your company’s user credentials on the dark web? Thousands of email addresses, passwords and other sensitive data land on the dark web every day, creating risk for your business — and you may not even know about a vulnerability until it’s too late.

The dark web is a hidden network of websites that requires a special web browser to access. It’s hidden from search engines and allows users to mask their IP addresses. The dark web’s privacy and anonymity means it serves as a venue for people who want to stay hidden, whether that’s for innocuous reasons, or because they’re involved in crime—including identity theft.

Securing the Remote Workforce
One of the challenges of enabling a mobile workforce is that the chances of being the subject of cyber attacks can increase significantly. Without the benefit of your core network protections, a user on the go could become infected without your knowledge, and even introduce the infection to your broader environment when they reconnect with your network.

Trusted Wireless Environment
In 2017, there were 8.4 billion connected devices and the volume is expected to hit 20.4 billion by 2020, according to analyst firm Gartner. Hackers prefer to go after the weak link in the security chain and it doesn’t take much to hack into the Wi-Fi network using easily accessible tools and a plethora of online how-to videos. Even the most rookie hacker can intercept traffic flowing over Wi-Fi and steal valuable data from your smartphone, tablet, smartwatch, or laptop. What’s worse – your business networks become compromised due to malware implanted and credentials stolen over Wi-Fi, and it can cost millions in fines and breach remediation expenses to fix.

Weak and Stolen Passwords
Mounting pressure to devise strong, unique passwords, every 90 days, across dozens of online accounts has driven users to simplify, serialize and share passwords between accounts for even less password security than before. Hackers have noticed, and are now cracking or stealing them as their preferred way to gain access and breach networks.

Insecure password practices are exploited in 81% of cyber attacks worldwide, and 61% of all attacks target businesses with less than 1,000 employees.1 While employee education and training can help, what’s most needed to reverse this trend is for authentication to require additional proof of identity beyond simple username and password, and to be widely deployed by all companies – no matter their size. Only then, will cyber criminals no longer be able to use stolen credentials to access and infect systems or steal data.

1 Verizon’s 2017 Data Breach Investigations Report

Advanced Malware
After exploiting technical or human vulnerabilities in your environment, an attacker will deliver malware to compromise your users’ computers for the purpose of stealing or denying access to information and systems. Whether as old-fashioned virus attachments in email, trojans delivered through network attacks, or modern ransomware forced through drive-by download web attacks, malware has long been the bane of IT organizations.

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