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What Is A Cybersecurity Plan?

If you’re like most people, the word “cybersecurity” is one that you’ve heard before but don’t really know what it means. The truth is that cybersecurity has been a buzzword for years now and chances are your company or organization needs some form of protection. But what does it mean? What should be included in your plan? And how do you know if your current efforts are enough to protect you from cyber attacks? Keep reading!

What Is A Cybersecurity Plan?

A cybersecurity plan is a document that outlines how your organization can protect itself from various threats. The most common types of plans include: IT security, physical security, and personnel security.

The process often begins with an assessment to identify what needs are already being met for each type of protection (e.g., do you have firewalls in place?). From there the steps outline the best ways to resolve any gaps or vulnerabilities before moving forward with specific solutions.

Why Is A Cybersecurity Plan Important?

A cybersecurity plan is an essential document for any organization that wants to protect itself from digital threats. It provides:

  • A way of evaluating if your current security measures are enough
  • An understanding of what types of cyber attacks are most likely to happen and how they can be prevented
  • The ability to identify common gaps in a company’s IT, physical, or personnel security
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What Are The Different Types Of Cybersecurity Threats?

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recognizes the following as some basic types: malware, phishing scams/improper email attachments, botnets, ransomware/WannaCry infection, Trojan horses/malicious code injection attack on mobile devices and computers.

1. Malware

Malware can be delivered to a computer through an attachment in an email or other form of social engineering such as clicking on links that appear to come from someone trustworthy but actually contain malicious code.

2. Phishing Scams

Phishing scams involve tricking people into giving up their passwords and other personal information by pretending to offer something valuable like discounts or contests.

3. Ransomware

Ransomware is software designed specifically to attack computers and encrypt data files with the intent of extorting money before returning the access key necessary for restoring them. Though ransomware may not include any malware components, it does generate revenue for cybercriminals who steal sensitive digital assets without having to invest time developing new ones.

4. WannaCry Infection

The WannaCry ransomware attack from May 2017 is one of the costliest and most widespread cyberattacks in history. The malware affected more than 350,000 computers across 150 countries.

5. Trojan Horses

Trojan Horses is a type of ransomware that encrypts your hard drive data and requires you to use Tor and Bitcoin in order to regain access.

What are the top cybersecurity challenges?

It is difficult to identify all of the threats that may come your company’s way. Cybercriminals use malware and social engineering tactics to evade detection, which makes it even more challenging for companies to protect themselves from cyberattacks.

Do You Need a Professional Cybersecurity Team You Can Trust?

Cantrell’s Information Technologies has been providing cybersecurity to business owners throughout the San Francisco Bay Area for over 20 years. We provide multiple layers of security for HIPAA, FINRA, and PCI compliance as well as training against IT threats when it comes to computer viruses. We also provide local classroom and small group training, web-based training and simulated phishing attacks to help end-users better understand and defend against cyber threats. Many of our customers initially work with us to help them improve the way they store, access, and protect their critical business data from cybercriminals. We also help them move or expand their offices. We support the needs of our East Bay customers including businesses located in Concord, Martinez, Walnut Creek, Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda, and Pleasant Hill. Contact us today for your free consultation!

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