Network infrastructure devices – the routers, switchers, servers, firewalls and other devices that facilitate communications on yor network – can be prime targets for hackers. Almost all network traffic crosses these crucial devices, and if one of them is compromised a hacker can do serious damage.
For example, an attacker with access to your organization’s gateway router can control traffic going in and out. He can monitor, modify or deny traffic in any direction. An attacker with access to an internal switcher can control traffic within your organization. As the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Computer Emergency Readiness Team puts it succinctly: Whoever controls the [...]
So, you think your business is too small to be of interest to hackers?
You’re wrong. So, so wrong.
Recent data breaches have hit large corporations and medical providers, and those organizations are constantly taking steps to beef up their cyber security. That’s smart; they know they are targets.
Those cases make headlines, too, because they typically affect millions of customers and cost companies thousands, if not millions, of dollars to address.
But attacks against smaller businesses don’t often make such a big splash in the news, so many small business owners don’t believe they are targets. But they are. Consider this, from an October 2017 report in [...]