It’s 2014 and even if you aren’t constantly using the internet or visiting an actual web page while you’re at work, your company is probably connected to some form of online server. While people are searching for jobs online, companies are searching for candidates online and the internet is a huge part of today’s recruiting industry. However, with being a part of the online community comes with the risk of being hacked. The most recent bug to affect companies around the world is called Heartbleed.
Heartbleed affected the “heartbeat” of a piece of software called OpenSSL, used for security on popular web servers. Once someone has access to OpenSSL they can take passwords, cookies, and information that can normally only be seen by web page administrators, and make that information public. While you may be the administrator of your company’s website, during the time your internal information is being transferred to the public, you will have no idea. The exposure gives an attacker potential access to steal a server’s digital keys used to code its communications and get access to any of a company’s internal documents located within their computer network.
The question on everyone’s mind depends on whether you’ve been affected or not. Companies who are being cautious are asking, “how can we prevent it?” while the victims of the bug are asking, “how can we recover?”
Kavaliro’s IT Manager, Tim Arnold, provided some helpful tips to answer these pressing questions!
What precautions should small businesses take going forward to protect their network?
What steps should individuals who work for a company that has been hacked take?
What kind of backup services should businesses invest in or research?
While the Heartbleed bug has created chaos, there is a little silver lining. You can take this opportunity to upgrade security and create secure passwords for your entire company. Make sure that any documents with sensitive information are kept separately from the everyday files your company can access. Your entire server should be backed up on a separate cloud or hard drive. You can never be too cautious when it comes to your business!
Kavaliro Employment Agency has offices in Tampa, Fla., Charlotte, N.C., Orlando, Fla., Washington, D.C., and Jacksonville, Fla. and can make sure you find the right people for this important role. We are ready and waiting to help you anytime and look forward to hearing from you.