With the majority of systems now being 'online' the need for strong IT security policies is paramount with the biggest threat to your systems and data being e-crime.
e-Crime generally refers to a criminal activity where a computer or computer network is the source, tool, target, or place of a crime. Despite the inevitable references to ‘computers’ or ‘online activity’, e-Crime nevertheless encompasses a whole raft of ‘traditional’ crimes - such as fraud, theft, blackmail, forgery and embezzlement. e-Crime is notoriously difficult to detect and punish because of its sheer technical complexity and because unseen attackers can strike victims from hundreds or even thousands of miles away. Due to the nature of e-Crime, and its ability to evolve with technology, new threats are emerging with an alarming degree of regularity and simply maintaining a better appreciation of the risks we face could have a significant effect on your ability to respond to them if the need arises.
The majority of businesses may be confident that their existing IT security precautions - invariably based on conventional, off-the-shelf anti-virus and firewall solutions - will provide them with sufficient protection from all significant online security threats. But, the fact remains that thousands of businesses every year still fall victim to e-Crime, despite having such precautions in place.
e-Crime is on the rise, with more and more sophisticated or creative ways of breaching IT security being unearthed every day. Simply relying on your existing IT security measures – if any – is unlikely to provide you with sufficient protection against today’s breed of hackers,scammers and virus designers that are able to overcome traditional security measures with relative ease.
“So why does it affect me?” Well, any business using a computer is at risk. If that computer or other electronic device is connected to the Internet, the risk is even greater and criminals know this. You know better than we do that the information on your IT system is extremely valuable, so taking every precaution to protect it is essential. Protecting you, your business and your staff from the most common electronic threats may cost no more than you spend on locks and alarms for your office, so why take the risk?
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