In the wake of the COVID-19 crisis brought to our daily lives, the long term plan of digital technology advancements is now being accelerated and propelled the rise of new technologies. The situation also gave rise to the demand for smart devices resulting in the opportunities and high-end capabilities for global digital transformation.
To stay in this new competitive business and economic environment, many companies have accelerated the digitization of not only their customer and supply-chain interactions but also their internal operations. Remote work environments are now a preference for some companies and organizations. This shift of workforce also drives the rise of digital transformation in different industries.
The sudden increase in digital transformation across different businesses and organizations not only uncover great opportunities but also threats and vulnerabilities. The risks in cybersecurity will continually build up with the emergence of new technologies such as cloud, big data analysis, artificial intelligence (AI), internet of things (IoT), other operational technologies, and even social media. Cyber attack attempts and data breaches may happen from time to time with different businesses trying to adopt more digital technologies in pursuit of new business strategies and enhanced customer experiences.
Data breaches and Cybersecurity Attacks
There are some major data breaches and cyber attacks that happened during the early COVID-19 pandemic of 2020.
Some of which are:
- Nintendo, Easy Jet, and CAM-4 data breaches
- Twitter spear phishing attack
- Zoom credentials hack
In addition, the latest high profile cyber attack happened last July 2021. This is when Kaseya, a Florida-based software vendor gets targeted through ransomware by a criminal hacking enterprise known as REvil. The attack reportedly compromised the data of up to 1,500 companies around the world with the potential investment loss of USD 70 million ransom for a decryption key.
There were also data breaches where hackers took control of a workstation and theft of data was initiated by a third-party vendor. This is where the physical security of cybersecurity plays a vital role.
How easy to get hacked through unsecured ports
Accessing through the physical world such as an unsecured port is the easiest way for hackers to obtain the data. Businesses usually implement strong firewalls and other cybersecurity countermeasures to prevent hackers from entering the network through outside attempts.
However, hackers may employ different strategies to access networks through physical breaches on unsecured ports such as social engineering, pretending business partners and slipping behind employees or by using stolen credentials to access laptops, computers or even the server room. With this, hackers can potentially access the network and install malware through unsecured ports to steal and corrupt the data.
How to protect your unsecured ports
Enhancing physical security must be the primary priority of cybersecurity. Simple vacant USB or LAN port leaves all the company’s sensitive data vulnerable to hackers. Preventing access of an unauthorized person will help the company mitigate loss of important data through unsecured ports.
Smartkeeper provides the physical security solution needed to all unsecured ports in addition to the software security environment. Smartkeeper also offers top quality products that will help the company’s confidential data and network from physical data breaches.
Smarkeeper can offer:
- Pro Series (B2B)
SMARTKEEPER PRO is a physical cybersecurity product of Input/Output port for Computer & Network switch devices which is applied to more than 2000 major sites globally.
- Essential Series(Personal/Small Business use)
SMARTKEEPER ESSENTIAL is a distribution product of SMARTKEEPER designed to distinguish patterns by color. It supports all ports supported by SMARTKEEPER PRO, from blockers of input/output ports to locks of USB devices and LAN cables.
The rise of global digital transformation brings the security of many business networks at risk. Enhancing cybersecurity best practices can help to prevent the risks and ensure your data and networks are always protected. Smartkeeper can provide your data the physical security solution needed.