If there is one thing that the coronavirus pandemic has driven home, it is how we have all had to adapt almost overnight to working from home and other remote locations and how dependent we are on secure networks for both business and personal needs.

As digital engagement across the country has moved up a level, or two, so are we increasingly realising the benefits and opportunities of this complex digital world. At the same time, so too have cyber threats become an ever greater personal risk.

Everywhere we turn, we hear warnings about the security of our data, be it from attacks by foreign powers wanting to extract information from our institutions and businesses. Or by criminals looking to break into our bank accounts or personal data, sometimes using this to steal identities or to create fake online identities. Others use the darkest reaches of the internet to traffic drugs, weapons and images of children and others.

In today’s digital world, phishing attempts, data exfiltration and malware are commonplace along with targeted malicious emails and virus/worm infections.

Ransomware is a trending form of digital attack. This is a type of malware that encrypts the targets files. The attacker will then demand a ransom from the target in order to restore access to the data upon payment. Users are shown instructions for how to pay a fee to get the decryption key.

Such attacks are becoming more commonplace in Australia, feeding into growing concern about cybersecurity amongst Australian business industry groups and government with the understanding that serious measures need to be taken for education about cyber security and the need for concerted top level efforts to deal with these threats.

On August 6, the Federal Government unveiled its long-awaited Cyber Security Strategy that will see it invest $1.67 billion to build new cyber security and law enforcement capabilities, assist businesses across Australia to protect themselves, and to raise the community’s understanding of how to be more secure online. Australia’s State Governments also have developing cyber security strategies in place.

As the security industry and its products have evolved, a bewildering array of on point solutions such as antivirus software, anti-malware software and network security elements have emerged. After all, there are a lot of places in networks where security can be applied.

For big companies Security Information and Event Management have become as important as their Network Operations Centre. Manned by dedicated security engineers these are ever more expensive, creating significant financial barriers to set up.

Fortunately, a new breed of cloud based cyber security solutions have emerged to give small and medium businesses, as well as many larger businesses and government agencies, the type of gold-plated cyber security that the biggest businesses can afford – at affordable costs and hassle free operation.

The security answer for each business will be different be it hardware and software investment or taking managed cloud service options. iseek is committed to working with best-in-class technology partners to ensure our customer’s data and networks are protected around the clock.

iseek offers its customers a range of reliable, scalable and affordable cyber security solutions, both managed and unmanaged, and we build on DDoS protection to all our connectivity service offerings.


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