Corporate Security In The Twenty First Century
Corporate security is, sadly, still misunderstood by the majority of Australian companies. Insufficient attention is given to it and inadequate resources devoted to upholding it.
As a security services company in Melbourne specialising in corporate security services, we are in a position to monitor how companies in the Melbourne area deal with this vital issue.
Since we first opened for business in 1995 we have seen the whole area covered by Melbourne security companies expand rapidly. Corporate security is no longer simply locking your premises when empty, having Group 4 supervise your cash in transit and putting up a few wireless security cameras around the place.
Nor is it remembering not to leave your laptop in your car (important though that is). With the technology that brings us mobile phones, the mobile internet, networking and video cameras in fountain pens comes also the ability for criminals to hack into remote computer systems and access information such as passwords and confidential employee files. It really is possible for a criminal with the relevant knowledge and technology to rob a company without leaving his own home.
Nearly all corporate networks are now regularly accessed by users with mobile devices. If a criminal can upload a Trojan horse to such a mobile he can effectively view the screen of that device, noting everything that is done, and accessing sensitive data.
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The increased use of QR codes by retailers and advertisers is another potential security problem. These codes, so useful in themselves, can nonetheless be hijacked by criminals to redirect the user to a malicious file or page, causing immense damage.
The increased use by most people of social networking sites like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter enable a hacker to quickly gain access to an individual’s personal data such as date of birth, address, educational background, and more, and obtain names and other data relating to all the social and business contacts of that person.
Unfortunately cyber criminals are no longer unsociable nerds working from their basement bed-sits seeking to buy a few things with someone else’s credit card. They are often educated, sophisticated people working together in highly organised criminal cells, with access to the very latest technology. So capable are they now that they pick and choose their targets, and often don’t make use of information they have stolen if it isn’t going to benefit them financially to a sufficient degree.
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They have put the development of malware into overdrive. Their latest product is the “botnet”, a malicious program that can take over your entire computer system and use it to steal data, hack into third party systems, issue denial of service attacks and spread spam. They can select data and send it to remote servers using 3G or Wi-Fi networks.
Another one is the “socialbot”, which can take over your account on Facebook or any other social network. It sends a friend request which, if accepted, gives it access to all its victim’s personal details as entered on that network.
And it’s no longer just Windows computers that are at risk. Macintosh and Linux systems are now coming under attack. Mobile operating systems from Apple, Android and others are vulnerable as well. No wonder cyber security companies are inundated with work as companies seek protection from this onslaught.
Do you still think that your corporate security is sufficient? Why not give us a call for a free consultation from one of our experts?