Any business organization that deals in credit cards or bank account numbers should be aware that financial fraud crimes are on the rise. According to Robert Siciliano, who serves as both a financial security expert and consultant for McAfee, the antivirus giant, the federal government is doing all it can to track down those who commit such crimes: "President Obama's Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force is successfully waging an aggressive, coordinated and proactive effort to investigate and prosecute financial crimes. Anyone keeping score knows the Feds are making many more busts, as they are tuned into various criminal enterprises. Organized crime isn't running, but they are definitely looking over their shoulders."
While this is certainly good news for companies and other organizations with data to protect, it cannot in any way supplant the need for such entities to provide robust security measures that will safeguard their customers' vital financial information. Such companies can take a number of measures; one of the most important is a firewall that will keep intruders out of their networks in the first place.
Even the best firewall, however, can be improved with a managed services approach to maintain and monitor it. In a managed services model for IT support, businesses contract with an IT company to provide them with remotely delivered services. A managed services model typically comes with round-the-clock monitoring so that if cyber criminals are attempting a breach at 2 a.m., the suspicious activity will be noted and an appropriate alert issued.