There has been a lot of news lately in the world of tech.
One story in particular has even made the mainstream newscast.
This is the story of how Google has accused the government of China of sanctioning illegal hacks of their computers.
They have also accused the government of hacking into the systems of over 30 other corporations.
This has caused a lot of controversy over the last several days.
As a business owner, you might be wondering how this can affect you and your business.
Well there are a couple of ways that it can and I will discuss them in this article.
Hacking Is Their Business… And Business Is Good
If you are a business owner, there are only really two ways that you can be affected by such attacks.
One is if your business does work for the US government.
And the other way is if your business holds some kind of propriety IP and you have the data stored on your servers.
The average businessman does not have to worry about a state sponsored attack on their system.
True, you might be attacked by a hacker from China but most likely, it is just an individual doing the attacking.
You should not have to worry about the person having access to a government supplied infrastructure.
You do not want to panic every time you see an IP address from China in your server logs.
If you are a company that does business with the government, then the information stored on your servers can be used to infiltrate a larger system.
One way that hackers attack a large well protected system, is to pick off the low hanging fruit.
Pieces of the infrastructure that is attached to the main part but not as well protected.
You Cannot Sweep It Under The Carpet
If you have a government contract to sweep floors or run the IT system of some government office building in Wyoming, then this information can be used as an attack vector.
As much as the government may try, you can not defend all parts of a large system such as theirs.
You may also pick up the attention of a sponsored Chinese hacker if your company is working on something very important.
Some of the corporations that were attacked, had very important IP data on their servers.
IP in this case stands for Intellectual Property.
Some of it was government related, some not.
This may cause a business that deals in IP’s such as these a little bit of concern.
If you know that you have something valuable on your servers, do the best you can in protecting it.
If someone wants it bad enough, they will hire the best to get it.
You will have to hire someone better to protect it!
Most businesses do not have to worry about Chinese Hackers penetrating their infrastructure.
But if you are one of those rare businesses that do, it will pay to do your best and have your system equipped with top notch security.