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3 Reasons to Perform a Network Security Risk Assessment Before the Holiday Rush

The Holidays are right around the corner. They’ll be here before you know it! This is the time of year when things get crazy. Businesses are rushing to finish out the year and prepare for the next one. Consumers are planning holiday festivities and shopping for friends and family.

This is also a prime time for sleazy hackers to prey upon unprotected network systems to steal confidential data. ‘Tis the season for hackers too!

There are many reasons a hacker might want to steal confidential data from a business. They may be interested in customer’s bank or credit card information. They might want access to private financial documents for a specific company. Some hackers are malicious enough to give your software a virus that could cause your business to shut down.

Frauds and hackers are a real threat during this time of year, especially for consumers looking to shop online for their holiday gifts. With everything else going on during the Holiday rush, having to deal with a hacker is the last thing you want to have to deal with as a business. An attack could cost you your reputation at a sensitive time of year and ruin business for you in the future.

Infinity Inc’s network security services will keep your business’ sensitive corporate data safe with the latest and most reliable antivirus software and firewall protection.

Benefits of Network Security:

  • Prevention of data loss/theft
  • Peace-of-mind
  • Network uptime
  • Greater worker flexibility

Avoid Theft of Confidential Information

This is probably the most critical reason for performing a network security risk assessment before the holiday season starts. This is a particularly busy and potentially lucrative time of year for retailers. Customers need to know that they can trust you to protect their card details and personal information.

Companies that run their business solely online are especially at risk of receiving unwanted visitors if their networks are not fully protected.

Avoid a Network Shutdown

If a hacker can get inside your network system, or can give it a virus, your business could experience downtime. During the holidays, this could get ugly. Not only will you have to deal with the crisis of getting your network back up and running properly, but you will be missing out on a ton of potential leads and sales. Your frustrated customers will be asking a lot of questions about the reliability of your company.

Protect Your Reputation

In what Bloomberg described as “the biggest retail hack in US history”, Target notoriously failed to respond to signals that its equipment was affected by malware. This resulted in the successful theft of an estimated 40 million customer debit and credit cards details, as well as addresses, phone numbers, and other personal information during 2013’s holiday season.

Ebay experienced one of the biggest hacks of all time when their network was breached. Over 145 million users accounts were hacked and their personal information was stolen.

Both of these companies suffered but survived. If you are not a major corporation, however, your comeback from something like this will be a much longer road. Some small to medium-sized companies have had to shut down completely after experiencing an attack.

Don’t wait any longer to make sure that you are protected. Now is the ideal time to perform a network security risk assessment. Give the team over at Infinity Inc. a call to get your business prepared.