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4 Weak Points Every Business Should Guard From Hackers by FraNKAPP(m): 4:04pm On Apr 22, 2016
Have you ever wondered how hackers find their way into your systems and get to your data?

They begin by scrutinizing your system similar to how data security experts examine your systems and processes to find network flaws they can exploit.

It has been found that neglect causes 85% of network attacks. Despite consistent warnings from IT security analysts, many companies take cyber threats a little too lightly that they do not prioritize looking into them or set these concerns aside until it is too late.

While some bugs can easily be detected, certain vulnerabilities aren’t visible to the untrained eye, as well as unintentional yet damaging causes of a data breach you aren’t aware of.

Here are four of the so-called possible weaknesses in your security system that you need to look into:

1. Web-based Apps


A study conducted by cyber security provider, Acunetix, has shown that there had been a total of 210,000 unknown vulnerabilities found in over 70% out of 3,200 companies and non-profit organization websites since 2006.

Any IT security analyst can tell you that these vulnerabilities, ranging from SQL injections to cross-site scripting, put these sites at high risks of getting infiltrated by hackers.

Some of these vulnerabilities can easily be fixed through patches made available in directory listings while others would require seeking the expertise of professionals handling cyber security.

According to Acunetix, the massive amount of vulnerabilities found was a result of organizations taking data security lightly despite being mandated by law to protect the data entrusted to us by our clients. To avoid this, schedule regular security checkups and continuously upgrade your company’s data security system, including adding layers of firewalls.

Implement security rules and ensure that every member of the staff is trained to follow these rules strictly.



2. Neglected and Outdated Networks

It is important to perform annual checkups of the system, as vulnerabilities can occur in systems that no one in your organization had been aware that they exist.

They usually come in forms of unsafe codes, misconfigured systems, malware that went years of being undetected, and patches that should have been applied but were either overlooked or forgotten. This is particularly common in larger enterprises where upgrades had not been monitored.

The best way to avoid running into this problem is to keep a regular audit on all the company’s systems and processes. Immediately apply patches and malware fixes as soon as you find them.

If you do not have anyone in your team equipped enough to do the tracking, get a data security provider to handle the processes to make sure that all systems are in place, and all possible entries had been covered.



3. Missed Vulnerabilities

Some of the vulnerabilities are caused by the traffic that goes into the network. Even with regular systems check, these vulnerabilities can easily be overlooked, particularly if you do not have that much experience in monitoring and tracking systems.

To prevent missing the quiet spots when you monitor for security flaws, conduct a probe of your systems in the same manner as hackers would find open gateways to your system.

Unless data security is in line with your company’s strengths, it is best to outsource to a security company who’s more familiar with the routes hackers take when tracing vulnerabilities to take opportunities of.



4. Port 80

Port 80 is the primary passage through which traffic can flow back and forth the network. This is kept open for the clients, business partners, and suppliers that you work within your company.

But, because it is open to third parties, your network is exposed to higher risk of hackers penetrating your system and getting their hands on your precious files.

For your security and for the safety of the third parties that access your network, apply the principle of cyber security where no system—despite consistent upgrades, fixes, and updates is safe against hackers.

Stay a step ahead of cyber and impose strict rules that these organizations must comply with. Subject BYO laptops to regular security checks and change your passwords frequently.

Apply encryptions and logical security measures such as including systems authentication and authorizations. Monitor your network regularly and consistently for malicious activities such as unusual logins and conduct an immediate investigation when you detect anything suspicious.



Leave No Room for Error

Every business must put data security concerns on the top priority list as there is a lot at stake when hackers end up stealing information crucial to your business and your processes. What can happen worse is when they block you from accessing your own files.

Allot a budget for it and find a reliable IT systems analyst who can take charge of your systems’ security when you can’t.

Look where you’ve never looked before and zone in on the weaknesses. Continually test and apply patches and fixes as soon as you track vulnerabilities. When it comes to tracking system flaws, do not leave any stone unturned.


http://frankapptech.com/4-weak-points-every-business-should-guard-from-hackers/

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Re: 4 Weak Points Every Business Should Guard From Hackers by donkelly2(m): 6:05pm On Apr 22, 2016
Thanks sir for the tips

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Re: 4 Weak Points Every Business Should Guard From Hackers by FraNKAPP(m): 9:32pm On Apr 22, 2016
donkelly2:
Thanks sir for the tips

You are welcome
Re: 4 Weak Points Every Business Should Guard From Hackers by telim: 6:25am On Apr 23, 2016
Nice tips but these tips will only deter amateur or intermediate hackers. The real gurus will always find their way to hack your systems no matter how secured are your systems, they are always ahead of IT security experts and governments. They believe internet security is a myth because know System is 100% secured and there will always be a loop hole. The only way to deter such type of hackers especially the thief among them is to effectively track internet users including those hiding behind tore and proxies, and also enact strict laws that attract long term jail with huge fine.

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Re: 4 Weak Points Every Business Should Guard From Hackers by Hollawaley(m): 6:26am On Apr 23, 2016
Like when you put that guy's flash into your computer to collect bluefilm and adobe, smadav, avast antivirus alert comes up. It blocks your screen me wey b say i dey in mood i go just close all the apps once. This was what led to the death of my hp650
Re: 4 Weak Points Every Business Should Guard From Hackers by chimah3(m): 6:34am On Apr 23, 2016
undecided
Re: 4 Weak Points Every Business Should Guard From Hackers by Tobitrueman(m): 7:27am On Apr 23, 2016
Hmmmm, good work. Keep it up@OP

I say make quickly comment as land still det 'jaburata' here.
Please can someone help me to decifer this
'This house is not for sale, beware of my son Kabiru, 'omo ole jatijati' (son of a thief).
Re: 4 Weak Points Every Business Should Guard From Hackers by dfrost: 7:44am On Apr 23, 2016
These are valid areas that most companies omit or boycott because of the smooth running of their business not knowing that some people are looking for loopholes on their system.

Nice work op.
Re: 4 Weak Points Every Business Should Guard From Hackers by Lovexme(m): 8:07am On Apr 23, 2016
Nice tips.
See how empty the thread is all because it has to do with tech stuffs.
Re: 4 Weak Points Every Business Should Guard From Hackers by dfrost: 8:30am On Apr 23, 2016
Lovexme:
Nice tips.

See how empty the thread is all because it has to do with tech stuffs.

Majority of Nigerians hardly engage in intellectual conversations. Drop topics like the list below:

Tonto Dike bares her body
Snake I killed (bla bla bla)
Wizkid is broke
10 things this, 20 things that
Etc...

and see them swarm over likes bees to a beehive.

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Re: 4 Weak Points Every Business Should Guard From Hackers by Lovexme(m): 9:13am On Apr 23, 2016
dfrost:


Majority of Nigerians hardly engage in intellectual conversations. Drop topics like the list below:

Tonto Dike bares her body
Snake I killed (bla bla bla)
Wizkid is broke
10 things this, 20 things that
Etc...

and see them swarm over likes bees to a beehive.

Spot on.
Re: 4 Weak Points Every Business Should Guard From Hackers by professore(m): 10:02am On Apr 23, 2016
Thanks op
Re: 4 Weak Points Every Business Should Guard From Hackers by udumosam23(m): 10:48am On Apr 23, 2016
I use chrome book, doesn't save info, just leads me straight to the skies.
Re: 4 Weak Points Every Business Should Guard From Hackers by Jediel1(m): 11:44am On Apr 23, 2016
Nice one op.
Re: 4 Weak Points Every Business Should Guard From Hackers by wethebest(m): 11:45am On Apr 23, 2016
just pray hackers no mean u cox if dem do. no security fit stop dem
Re: 4 Weak Points Every Business Should Guard From Hackers by whizbee(m): 11:52am On Apr 23, 2016
Great info, thanks.
Re: 4 Weak Points Every Business Should Guard From Hackers by ONYEKAfra(m): 2:15pm On Apr 23, 2016
use your head
Re: 4 Weak Points Every Business Should Guard From Hackers by AbrahamLincoln: 5:48pm On Apr 23, 2016
You're very correct but also wrong in some aspect.

Let's go coding.

You can try to protect your business with the highest security you can get but the truth still remains that you purchased the Web apps your business use and the company who wrote those apps still have backdoors or secret passages also called ports through which they collect informations regarding the app and it's performance as well as determine the active users of it.
This information is sent through a port which if hackers can bridge?
Shikena.

Most business run their business on windows which is full of loopholes (honestly speaking).
Microsoft OSs have many ways...geez I can't get into details but just know that if your business uses windows, it sends infos back to source which can always be breached without Microsofts knowledge of it.
That's why hackers themselves use OS like jarvis and co so you can't hack them.

If your business have a website or run online and you happened to have tech specialist who is not dedicated to their job but still doing their job, you have high chances of being hacked reasons

Coding upgrades everyday and it takes a dedicated programmer to maintain the website, find and fix bugs before it becomes an expressway.

Your workers system can of course be targeted with malicious programs to capture their data which in turn helps to break down the company or business.

Generally the Internet is like a bank, all you can do is secure it but you can't stop attacks.
Re: 4 Weak Points Every Business Should Guard From Hackers by SenatorJames(m): 8:08pm On Apr 23, 2016
I will put them into consideration when i register my business and build a website for it.

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