What is Cyber Security

Cyber security is the practice of defending computers, servers, mobile devices, electronic systems, networks, and data from malicious attacks. There are multiple areas covering Cyber Security

Network Security is the practice of securing a computer network from intruders.

Application Security focuses on keeping software and devices free of threats.

Information Security protects the integrity and privacy of data, both in storage and in transit.

Operational SecurityThe permissions users have when accessing a network and the procedures that determine how and where data may be stored or shared.

Disaster Recovery defines how an organization responds to a cyber-security incident or any other event that causes the loss of operations or data.

Education addresses the most unpredictable cyber-security factor: people.

Benefits of Cyber Security / Strategy

Intrusion, hacking and electronic theft attempts against businesses of all types and sizes are increasing exponentially. Nortec’s Network Security Services cost-effectively protect and maintain the security of your network, assets and data against external attack, providing you peace of mind.

Protection against Theft of Data

Nortec can provide comprehensive digital protection to your business. If a hacker is able to obtain personal information regarding your employees or customers, they are quite capable of selling that information on, or even using it to steal their money.

Identifies Vulnerabilities

Vulnerabilities are weaknesses or other conditions in an organization that a a hacker, nation-state, disgruntled employee, or other attacker, can exploit to adversely affect data security. Basically it is a weak spot in your network.

End Point Dectection and Response

End-user protection or endpoint security is a crucial aspect of cyber security. After all, it is often an individual who accidentally uploads malware or another form of cyber threat to their desktop, laptop or mobile device. We have seen companies brought to there knees with this attack.

Education and Training

Nortec run quarterly education on cyber security. We cover email security, MFA, malware, phishing, virus activity. Best of all for our managed clients this is run free.

Cyber Security Solutions

What is a Penetration Test?

A penetration test, also known as a pen test, is a simulated cyber attack against your computer system to check for exploitable vulnerabilities. Pen testing can involve the attempted breaching of any number of application systems, front end/back end servers to uncover vulnerabilities. The test is performed to identify weaknesses , including the potential for unauthorized parties to gain access to the system.

Types of Penetration Testing? 

External Penetration Testing. We will attempt gain access to your site from a remote location.

Internal network penetration testing. We will identify security issues from within your network.

Physical penetration testing. Physical security is equally important on your network.

Wireless penetration testing. Attempts remote entry to your network from wireless networks.

Social engineering testing. We test Phishing, tailgating and baiting your employees.

What is the Dark Web?

 The Dark Web, or Darknet, is a term for a collection of websites on an encrypted network with hidden IP addresses. Because they are not indexed by traditional search engines, you can only access them with special anonymity browsers, such as I2P, Freenet, and the most common, The Onion Router (TOR) bundle.

What can I find on the Dark Web?

. You can buy credit card numbers, all manner of drugs, guns, counterfeit money, stolen subscription credentials, hacked Netflix accounts and software that helps you break into other people’s computers. This data includes access to Trojans, keyloggers, Credentials. Phishing information, Customer data, Operational data, Financial data. Intellectual property/trade secrets, Other emerging threats.

What we Do? 

We watch the Dark Web for your information. If we find your own information on the dark web, there’s precious little you can do about it, but at least you’ll know you’ve been compromised, and can take appropriate action.

Types of Network Security we do?

There are quite a few different networking security tools we incorporate intoour security suite. The following list is by no means exhaustive, but available security tools can include:

Access control. Controlling which users have access to the network or especially sensitive sections of the network.

Antivirus and anti-malware software. Our antivirus software will monitor network traffic in real time for malware, scan activity log files for signs of suspicious behavior or long-term patterns, and offer threat remediation capabilities.

Application security. We ensure that all programs be kept up-to-date and patched to prevent hackers from exploiting vulnerabilities to access sensitive data.

Behavioral analytics. Behavioral analytics software help us identify common indicators of abnormal behavior, which can often be a sign that a security breach has occurred.

Data loss prevention. Can prevent actions that could potentially expose data to bad actors outside the networking environment.

Distributed denial of service prevention. DDoS prevention tools scrubs incoming traffic to remove non legitimate traffic that could threaten your network,

Email security. Numerous threats, like scams, phishing, malware, and suspicious links, can be attached to or incorporated into emails. Email security software works to filter out incoming threats and can also be configured to prevent outgoing messages from sharing certain forms of data.

Firewalls. Function as a gatekeeper between a network and the wider internet. Firewalls filter incoming and outgoing traffic by comparing data packets against predefined rules and policies, thereby preventing threats from accessing the network.

Mobile device security. The vast majority of us have mobile devices that carry some form of personal or sensitive data we would like to keep protected. This is a fact that hackers are aware of and can easily take advantage of. Implementing mobile device security measures can limit device access to a network, which is a necessary step to ensuring network traffic stays private and doesn’t leak out through vulnerable mobile connections.

Network segmentation. Segmented networks make it easier to assign or deny authorization credentials for employees, ensuring no one is accessing information they should not be.

Security information and event management. SIEMs are similar to intrusion prevention systems (IPS), which scan network traffic for suspicious activity, policy violations, unauthorized access, and other signs of potentially malicious behavior in order to actively block the attempted intrusions.

Web security. Limits internet access for employees, with the intention of preventing them from accessing sites that could contain malware.

Types of cyber threats

So, how do malicious actors gain control of computer systems? Here are some common methods used to threaten cyber-security:

Malware: A hacker often via an unsolicited email attachment or legitimate-looking download, gets you to click on a link that will infect your computer and potential spread to your business network.

Virus: A self-replicating program that attaches itself to clean file and spreads throughout a computer system, infecting files with malicious code.

Trojans: A type of malware that is disguised as legitimate software.

 Spyware: A program that secretly records what a user does, so that cybercriminals can make use of this information.

 Ransomware: Malware which locks down a user’s files and data, with the threat of erasing it unless a ransom is paid.

Adware: Advertising software which can be used to spread malware.

Botnets: Networks of malware infected computers which cybercriminals use to perform tasks online without the user’s permission.

SQL injection is a type of cyber-attack used to take control of and steal data from a database.

Phishing: when cybercriminals target victims with emails that appear to be from a legitimate company asking for sensitive information.

Man-in-the-middle attack: where a cybercriminal intercepts communication between two individuals in order to steal data.

Denial-of-service attack: where cybercriminals prevent a computer system from fulfilling legitimate requests by overwhelming the networks and servers with traffic.

Romance scam:  cybercriminals using dating sites, chat rooms and apps. Perpetrators take advantage of people seeking new partners, duping victims into giving away personal data or money.

Emotet malware: As well as being a maalware and viruse itself. It covers its tracks by also downloading a whole si=uite of additional viruses.. Nortec picked up a new major client as a result of an Emotet recovery.

JobKeeper: cybercriminals send an email masquarding as the ATO asking for confirmation of your personal details to get Job Keeper or job seeker.

There are many thousands more. For our managed clients we offer containing education free of charge on cyber security topics.

How we can help

We help companies like yours achieve your specific business goals through Cyber Security Audits, by assessing your existing technology and developing solutions that will enable you to secure your business from attacks.

We offer a full security solution including Penetration testing, Dark Web Monitoring, Network Security and User Training.

Leverage our expertise and reap the benefits of our security solutions for your business. Increase your productivity and efficiency while reducing costs and mitigating risk. Contact us today to discuss the many benefits we can provide your business.

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