Welcome to the realm of glitz, glam, and gaming— The MGM Grand Hotel, a world-renowned resort and casino located on the vibrant Las Vegas Strip. When the hotel opened in 1993, it was the largest hotel in the world. Beyond the dazzling lights and luxurious amenities, there lies a crucial aspect that often operates behind the scenes—cybersecurity. Although recently, cybercrime has been at the forefront of the hotels news as their entire system was taken hostage by hackers. It only took a 10-minute phone call to bring the entertainment giant it its knees with slot machines, hotel check-in, key cards and ATMS out of order. The hacker acted as an employee of the hotel to gain access to their network, bringing business to a halt. Only a few days prior to this attack, Cesear’s Palace paid a $15 Million ransom to end the attacks on their system. 

How do you keep your business, your customers’ information and your employees safe from these hackers? Here are a few ideas: 

  1. Employee Training and Awareness: Educating employees about cybersecurity’s best practices is fundamental. Regular training sessions on identifying phishing attempts, safe browsing habits, password hygiene, and the importance of data protection can significantly reduce the risk of insider threats. 
  2. Two-Factor Authentication: Enforce the use of Two-Factor Authentication for all employees accessing critical systems and applications. This adds an additional layer of security by requiring multiple forms of verification for access. 
  3. Regular Security Audits: Conduct regular security audits to identify vulnerabilities within the organization. This proactive approach allows for the timely patching of weaknesses before they can be exploited and used against you. 

Although this is a good start, there are infinitely more factors to keeping your company safe from both internal and external attacks by cyber criminals. Is it worth the risk to your business to let an attack like this happen to you? Let us at vTECH io teach you how to set up your network to protect your hard work and investment. This isn’t an area of life you can leave up to chance. Keeping your network secure is what we do best, contact us today.