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Why Business Managers Need to Take Information Security Seriously

Sally Smith | Saturday 17 January 2015 ( 0 Comment)

"Information Systems" is typically an IT term referring to the innovative administration of information on a computer network. Securing a network keeps data secure and prevents unauthorized access to sensitive business and client information. While the Internet has simplified communication, its benefits and uses have led to the emergence of new risks. Without an online defense system, you are vulnerable to fraud, identity theft and even property damage. The safety of your data and computer system is determined by the effectiveness of your information systems security. Penetration testing is one of the most effective means of maintaining a secure information system. Hackers and malicious Internet users target all types of vulnerable computer systems including personal and business computers. 

Privacy and Confidentiality


Without information security systems, private information or messages can be seen, intercepted and even stolen. The intent of an intrusion can range from market research to identity theft or fraud. Governments and organizations with sensitive information are also at risk as their own information is highly significant, and they maintain private information on individuals including customers and employees.


Identity Theft


Identity theft is a common issue in the information age, as people purchase, offer and trade information online. Without secure information systems, hackers and fraudsters can get hold of information in customers’ credit cards, and other personal information including social security numbers. With this information, they can make fraudulent purchases and charges, take out credits, request government benefits and wreak havoc in your private life. Sorting the problems caused by identity theft and fraud may consume substantial amounts of time and resources. A network penetration test can help you determine the vulnerability of your business computer network.


Data Theft  


Data theft is another issue, wherein sensitive or personal data like videos, documents and photos are stolen digitally. This information might then be exchanged or distributed for illicit purposes. Organizations risk losing critical testing data, confidential financial records, competitive innovations, item blueprints and the sky is the limit from there for data criminals. Governments are at risk of having sensitive materials stolen including data regarding ongoing research ventures, personal correspondence between individuals and lists detailing military sites, strategies and the names of agents abroad.


Computer Damage


Maintaining a robust information security system can also shield organizations’ computers from damage. Hackers use viruses, Trojans and malicious software to damage business and personal computer systems. The damage may involve data theft and rendering computers inoperable. When hackers target government and corporate information systems, they can cause significant disruptions and problems.


How to Protect Yourself


Various steps can be taken to protect yourself and your computer online. Download or buy an antivirus to secure your computer against viral dangers and Trojans. In addition, consider purchasing an anti-spyware or anti-malware application to protect your computer system against spyware or malware, tracking applications and other malicious software. A network penetration test is also recommended to prevent digital intrusions. Most important, exercise sound judgment online. Do not divulge personal information or click on links on emails from unknown senders.


Secure information systems contain various elements that help to maintain user authentication, data integrity and intrusion prevention. One way to test the security of your network is by undertaking penetration testing.



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