Surge Protection and Cybercrime - The Unexpected Connection
What does surge protection have to do with cybersecurity?
Without a doubt, cybersecurity is one of the most serious threats to businesses and other organizations today. We have all seen news stories about hackers breaking into otherwise secure networks, taking over organizations’ servers and threatening to destroy their data unless a ransom is paid, or the mass theft of personal information from banks, social outlets and even the government.
However, in reality, one way for a hacker to breach an organization’s network is to physically break into the facility and infect IT systems from inside the building or steal a laptop or server; the risk is real. Physical security measures of all kinds are a critically important element of a comprehensive cybersecurity program. These include access control systems, video surveillance, electronic locks, key control systems etc. When these systems stop functioning, your facility is far more vulnerable to being entered by a hacker looking for an easy way into your network.
This connection makes the need for physical security systems even stronger, since the potential for harm from a cyber-breach is so great.
To make sure that physical security devices are continuously doing their jobs, you need to protect them against power surges and spikes that can take them out of service. Without surge protection, a single lightning strike or internal power surge could leave facilities vulnerable to the theft, compromise or ransom of their intellectual property and other valuable information.
We live in a connected world. Each day we become more connected. Hackers are smart and resourceful. They are always looking for potential vulnerabilities to penetrate your network. These risks will continue to grow. Your first line of defense is physical security. Keeping these systems up and running is more critical than ever. To make sure that physical security devices are continuously doing their jobs, you need to protect them against power surges and spikes that can take them out of service.