Nowadays, it’s commonplace for most businesses to have a number of online social media profiles as well as a corporate website to handle the online portion of their enterprise. However, there is also often a disconnect between the corporate initiative of traditional companies to create an online business and the awareness that such a traditional company has towards the risks of handling transactions online. In other words, while many companies are jumping on the bandwagon of opening up an online marketplace to reach more consumers, they are also acutely unaware of the security risks that may manifest as a result of that exposure.
Did you know that the increase in the accessibility to online technologies has actually created a hotbed for extortion opportunities for unscrupulous hackers? Symantec reports that 2017 heralded a 36 percent increase in ransomware attacks and that 64 percent of Americans tend to cave into these digital extortion attempts. Luckily for us, there are a number of high tech network security solutions available today as well that can put the efforts of these malicious individuals and organizations to a screeching halt.
The Premise of Vulnerabilities in Modern Network Security
The premise of a cyber security threat that constantly looms over our professional and personal use of the Internet is something that has inserted itself in the public consciousness due to a string of recent events. For instance, former FBI director James Comey’s testimony that Russian hackers were actively involved in interference relating to the exposure of the contents of DNC email servers has created intense controversy over the state of our democracy.
And this phenomenon is not only limited to the United States. We’ve seen in recent times that even our allies abroad such as the United Kingdom are no less vulnerable. In fact, important data infrastructures for the NHS were recently subject to a series of global ransomware attacks that were so severe in their scale that they called into question the strength of the current security systems in place.
The ironic thing is here is that there is no shortage of modern security systems that are available to these big corporations or important organizations (like hospitals) for defense against ransomware and related hacking attempts. The integration of adaptive network penetration testing systems can greatly expedite the process of handling security flaws within a company’s online infrastructure. Security companies like FireEye can easily iron out the details related to why a business’ network defenses are inadequate and pinpoint where improvements must be made.
So, the main idea is that modern network security vulnerabilities derive mostly from negligence or ignorance on the part of the companies for their online enterprises rather than hackers inventing new methods or happening upon a large trove of security exploits. It’s not inaccurate to say that it’s a question of taking the necessary precautionary and preventative measures on the technological side of things.
The Human Element of Security
While you can implement and invest in the most state-of-the-art security systems, human exploitability will always be a constant. That’s to say that if hackers are intent enough on hacking into your networks, they might try to trick people into revealing or giving them access to sensitive company areas after their initial attacks over the web fail. Taking advantage of the gullibility of unsuspecting people who manage the physical aspects of the company’s online presence is not an uncommon method after technological means fail.
So, while you can upgrade your technology, can you do the same for your workforce? Is it possible to keep an accurate perspective on all of your employees that manage important parts of the company? As it turns out, the comprehensive suite of cloud-based HR resources offered by SAP SuccessFactors can play an integral role towards shutting down these social engineering attempts.
The primary approach to preventing and stemming the success of social engineering attempts relies on increasing the awareness of your employees through education. This educational process can be easily streamlined as a key part of your onboarding process with SuccessFactors’ Onboarding as well as its Learning and Development modules. Using these robust tools, you can leverage the full functionality of your human resources department to impart a set of important security skills and training to all of your employees.
Further, another issue is the logistics of the entire company. It’s impossible to require everyone to be on full attention during every hour of their shifts, and people inevitably make mistakes. Fortunately, SAP SuccessFactors also has modules that deal with these temporal inefficiencies such as the Time and Attendance module along with Workforce Planning and Analytics observational module. With these services, your company will be able to achieve a relative peace of mind from the risk of social engineering attempts through the creation of a schedule that ensures that your workers are attentive and alert during their shifts.