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3 Signs That Someone Is Already In Your Network

Posted by Shawn O'Brien on Nov 23, 2016

There are ways to detect whether or not your IT systems are being compromised.
There are ways to detect whether or not your IT systems are being compromised.

Has your company's network been compromised? If you're not sure, you should know how to tell because it could prevent the loss of critical data. 

"Companies, both big and small, may appear to be indestructible, they're always at the mercy of their IT security systems."

While large and small companies may appear to be indestructible, they're always at the mercy of their IT security systems. When their networks are breached, cybercriminals can typically steal important data with ease such as a customer's personal and financial information. The end result is often damage to the company's bottom line because of lost customers. 

But what if a company could prevent (or at least slow) these cyber attacks by not only building a robust IT defense system but also by knowing when a hacker is attacking? In this article we'll discuss how companies can tell when a cybercriminal is already in their network. In turn, this will allow IT teams to quickly react and avoid losing crucial data.

1. Slow internet

How many times has your office's internet lagged, and you just chalked it up to too many people using it at once?

While internet overload is usually the problem, there are times when slow internet can indicate a breach. Your IT team can check by logging into the company's network and inspecting its router. The router will indicate who is connected to it. Everything on this list should be connected to your company. If you find a rogue connection, then an outsider has logged into your Wi-Fi, which could spell trouble.

We suggest encrypting your Wi-Fi to keep it protected from cybercriminals.

2. Data is being tampered with

Are your company's classified files slowly going astray? Are computer screens mysteriously on, and desktops and folders left open when they shouldn't be? This could be the work of an insider - an employee who purposely steals or compromises data.

Depending on the situation, you may or may not catch the culprit in the act. Either way, you need to take steps to safeguard yourself from these IT criminals as well as discipline insiders when you do catch them. 

3. Your computer doesn't act accordingly

If your computer is asking you to click on phony anti-virus messages or displaying an odd number of pop ups, there's a chance your computer has been or is in the process of being compromised.

Companies shouldn't wait until their systems have been hacked before they take action. In fact, the entire point of this article is to convince them to test their current systems, and update and upgrade when needed so cybercriminals don't get through. By taking IT security seriously, companies can better protect their employees, customers and bottom line.

How You Can Gain Peace of Mind

EiQ offers two SOCVue® hybrid security-as-a-service solutions that can help organizations of any size affordably and effectively improve their cybersecurity and compliance posture:

  • SOCVue Security Monitoring gives you visibility and control over your IT environment. You’ll get best-of-breed Log Management and SIEM that is managed around-the-clock for real-time threat detection, analysis and notification, proactive remediation guidance, and compliance auditing.
  • SOCVue Vulnerability Management reduces your attack surface and mitigates risk with unlimited managed scans, analysis, risk prioritization, and remediation guidance. Focus on what matters most: your core business.

EiQ’s SOCVue combine the best people, process, and technology to build the enterprise-class IT security program your organization needs. That’s because SOCVue gives you the flexibility and cost savings of a security software-as-a-service offering, but also provides a world-class team of security and technology experts to manage the technology and help implement cybersecurity best practices.

With all the challenges you face today while trying to keep your organization safe, having the best IT security solutions in your corner should not be one of them. Request a demo today to see how quickly and affordably you can improve your security and compliance posture with EiQ.

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Tags: Network Security, Data Security, Data Breach, Hacking

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