Zombie Apocalypse

How Cybersecurity Is Like Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse

If Zombieland taught us one thing, it’s this. Survival takes discipline. Columbus was serious about his rules. They kept him alive in spite of overwhelming odds.

Or consider the plight of the folks from The Walking Dead. These guys manage to avoid infection while maintaining a community. That’s no small feat. How do they do it? How do you guarantee the security of an entire group of people when zombies walk the earth?

The same way Columbus survived. Rules.

The rules for survival.

Survival Life suggests there are several rules Rick and his fellow survivors follow to avoid being bitten. Let’s check the most critical ones.

1. Stick with a group.

There’s safety in numbers. Band together and help each other out.

2. Secure food and water.

You have to eat, and you kind of need water.

3. Find a place to hold out.

Staying out in the open is sure death. You need a place you can lock down. The more secure, the better.

4. Arm yourself.

Your entire survival plan shouldn’t be defensive. You need a weapon. A shovel or baseball bat will do in a pinch. A gun is even better.

5. Know your surroundings.

Always remember where you are. Don’t drop your guard, and never assume an area’s clear until you know it’s clear.

Cyber threats are kind of like zombies.

Here at PCX Technologies, we’re big Walking Dead fans. (Shocking, right?) We can’t help but think of cybersecurity when we read over those rules for surviving the zombie apocalypse. That list covers the most important bases for keeping your network secure and safe.

It all boils down to the core ingredients for solid cybersecurity.

The right knowledge.

When dealing with zombies, you need to know your surroundings. When dealing with cybersecurity, you need to know the kinds of threats you’re facing.

For example, email remains a prime vehicle for cyber threats of all kinds, including viruses and ransomware. Those attacks, known as “phishing,” only work if the recipient opens the email. But 30% of phishing emails get opened!

When your employees know how to avoid common cybersecurity pitfalls, your business is much safer.

The right tools.

Food, shelter and a weapon. Those are the tools of survival. The tools of cybersecurity aren’t all that different.

First, you need protection. There are things you can do that make it harder for cyber criminals to access your network. These include basic precautions, like an antivirus and firewall, to more advanced network configuration tweaks.

Second, you need sustainability. Backup and disaster recovery are a big part of a complete cybersecurity strategy. If the worst happens, a business continuity plan ensures you don’t lose your valuable data.

Finally, you need proactive tools. There are always ways to shore up your security, from routine application updates to the occasional overhaul of your entire cybersecurity plan. Protection should keep you two steps ahead of attackers instead of always on the defensive.

The right partner.

The zombie apocalypse is hard. There’s no reason to go at it alone. And there’s no reason to tackle cybersecurity by yourself, either.

Even if your organization is small, cybersecurity is a big, complex topic. Yes, taking some basic precautions will help. If you’re not going to opt for outside help, you should definitely do what you can on your own.

But why take a DIY approach to something this critical?

We have a suggestion. If you’re interested in upping your security, give the pros at PCX a call. We have an experienced team of security experts who know how to protect your network. A single security breach can have severe impact on your business. Instead of rolling those dice, consider a collaborative, strategic partnership.

Zombies may not pose a threat to your business. Yet. But cyber criminals, do. We can help. Contact us today if you’re ready to take your security to the next level.