With every emerging new technology comes a new cyber threat, or so it can seem when you are a business owner struggling to keep your business safe from potential online dangers. From social hacking to ransomware to Cloud abuse, let’s take a look at the four biggest cyber threats that businesses faced in 2019, and how you can avoid them.
1. Malware Attacks
A malware attack happens when a malicious software program carries out unauthorized actions on the victim’s system. There are many different types of malware, with some of the most common beings:
- A virus. Currently only accounting for around 10% of all malware, a computer virus can infect all your files, meaning it can be tricky and time-consuming to clear up. Ensure you have an up to date antivirus program to minimize your risk of getting a virus.
- A worm. As it sounds, a worm can be incredibly destructive, worming its way through your IT system and quickly spreading. A worm can destroy your devices, networks and computer systems. Firewalls can be an effective way to prevent worms.
- As you have probably guessed, this type of attack demands a ransom or threatens to wreak havoc on your IT systems. Often cryptocurrency is demanded, and failure to meet demands results in valuable encrypted files being destroyed. Ensure you keep all software up to date and back up files daily.
- Allowing hackers to spy on their victims; thankfully, this type of attack is easy to remove; simply find the malicious executable and get rid of it.
Arguably the best way to keep your business safe from any malware is to enlist the services of an IT support company to help formulate a network strategy so that your digital data remains secure at all times.
2. Cloud Abuse
Most businesses use Cloud storage to store their digital data. Unfortunately, the Cloud is highly susceptible to spam emails, cybercriminals, and other digital attacks, as anyone can sign up to use this service, providing that they have a credit card. To reduce your risk of a data breach, ensure that you have good encryption software to protect your data before sending it to the Cloud. It is also important to have a robust password system in place.
3. Social Hacking
You may not want to accept the fact, but the majority of data breaches come from a company’s own employees, whether that is by opening an email from an unknown source or clicking on a malicious link. Therefore, it is vital that your team is aware of hackers that are deliberately sending fake emails and that they are trained in how to identify them.
Other ways to prevent social hacking include:
- Only allowing your employees access to resources and information that is specifically relevant to their jobs.
- Setting strict rules on employees bringing their own devices to work.
4. Non-Updated Software Programs
How often do you see a little message pop up on your computer screen telling you that a particular software program needs updating? Now, how often do you immediately take the necessary steps to update said software? Unfortunately, many businesses are failing to update their programs, leaving them vulnerable and open to threats. Many people are not aware of this, but every time a new virus is created, your antiviral software goes out of date. The best solution is to create a set schedule for updating your software systems and make sure that you check your updates at least every 2 weeks.
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