While cyber threats come in different forms, it is best for your company’s cyber security to be aware of the ones that are often experienced.
Knowing what they are and how they work will give you an advantage. Here are the most common threats:
Malware is the term for malicious software or application that imposes different threats. Some forms of malware can encrypt a victim’s files and demand payment before returning access to the victim. That is called ransomware. However, malware may also be used to spy on victims, introduce viruses, or just corrupt all your data.
This cyber threat is usually disguised as an update or software that needs to be installed on your device to supposedly gain access to a file. It may also be behind suspicious links or emails that automatically install the malware once clicked.
Phishing is when the attacker sends a very convincing email or message that comes from a seemingly reliable source that will lead the victim to a website or form that looks legit, but is really just a fake set-up to get sensitive information from the victims. This could be passwords, credit card details, or other information that can be used to extort the victim.
3. Man-in-the-middle (MitM)
When you go on an unsecured WiFi connection or for any transactions that are not encrypted, an attacker may swoop in the middle of a transaction and take the information that is being transported.
4. Password Attack
As the title suggests, this is an attempt by a cybercriminal to breach your account through your password. If your password is easy to guess, generic, or connected to public information about you, you may be at risk of this kind of attack.
5. Zero-day Exploit
Systems, websites, and other software undergo maintenance or may experience weakened security from time to time. Zero-day exploit attackers sweep in and take advantage of this vulnerability to exploit victims.
6. SQL Injection
SQL injections are a type of attack that executes malicious SQL statements that can make your network vulnerable. It affects websites and other software that makes use of an SQL database. The attacker finds a way to input SQL commands through features on your website such as forms. They may compromise sensitive data that is stored in your database.
7. DNS Tunnelling
This is a method of hacking into a website via a Domain Name System (DNS). Hackers secretly communicate with their potential victim’s computer by subtly launching commands and data into the DNS protocol.
8. Business Email Compromise
This kind of cyber threat is mostly targeted at companies that have wire transfer services or suppliers abroad. Corporate emails, that can be seen by the public, of executives or high-level employees involved with finance or payments, are compromised or spoofed and then used to make fraudulent transactions.
The best way to avoid these risks is to have solid cyber security set up from the get-go. It is also advisable to have a routine check-up to ensure that your systems are well-prepared to combat these threats. Businesses may opt to have a well-managed IT services provider to handle these cyber security measures.
IT companies, such as Qbit in Perth, Western Australia, offer various cybersecurity products and services. Qbit takes careful and necessary steps to ensure that each client has multiple layers of protection. We also have training for our client’s employees to have them be well equipped and less vulnerable to cyber-attacks.