What's hot and what's not, in the digital virus world? What's trendy when it comes to hackerattacks and cybercrimes? Cyber security threats sure hasn't got its own fashion week, but it follows trends never the less, and you are wise to keep an eye on the them. Either you're in or you're out - to quote a famous runway model.
Knowing the threat might help you prevent cyber security attacks from totally wrecking your organization.
“Viruses” are a common moniker for a number of cyber threats. However, sometimes we need to define more closely what has caused the illness – just like when we get ill in real life.
So, without further ado, here are the most common cyber security threats as of 2022, so far. And some tips of how you can defend your business from them:
Malware is one of the most common cyber security threats. Malware is short for “Malicious Software”, and it also goes by other names such as “worms,” “spyware,” “ransomware,” and “viruses.”
Malware is normally activated when you click on a link or on an attachment that contains the virus. The bad link then starts to install on your computer, leading to further trouble such as:
Denial of Service is an attack that overwhelms your computer or your network so that it cannot respond to your requests. Your computer will freeze as it tries to respond to the viruses flooding data, and your software will likely stop working all together.
These types of attacks are often used to stop for example significant business agreements before they’re settled. This can cause businesses to miss out on huge opportunities as their rivals win a time. DoS are also used to stall the networks while more malicious attacks are entering into the software. When your computer is trying to process the overwhelming data, the anti-virus software is denied access. This leaves the computer vulnerable, and more dangerous malware can easily enter your cyberspace.
Man in the middle, or MITM cyber security threats, are the most dangerous to the public and to small businesses. These attacks happen for example through an unsecured public Wi-Fi network; a public user (a customer for example) connects to your business through an unprotected network, the hacker then spots this connection and manipulates the system to allow them to enter in the opened space between.
Once inside, the hacker has free access to both the customer’s and your business’ software and can send malware to do further damage. But the hacker may also fool you, pretend to be the business/the customer, and this way they receive private data without sending in any malware at all.
Phishing is when for example an email is designed to look like a familiar company, but is actually a hacker in disguise trying to persuade you into clicking their links.
These phishing emails with links can be made to look like documents or like a possible investor, a new client, or a business loan late payment email. These will look as those they are coming from a legitimate source, which is why education about phishing emails are so important!
SQLI stands for Structured Query Language Injection. This type of cyber security attack is normally aimed at big businesses, and it’s a data-stealing attack. To bring you the information you are looking for while searching online Structured Query Language is used in most search boxes.
The “injection” part then adds a powerful “kick” into the search, and this “kick” injection is so strong that it bounces back into the user and pulls out information about them. You will still get your search result, but the SQLI uses your question as a doorway back into your information. Here your credit card information is at risk for example.
This cyber security threat is sadly so common, that most people no longer see it as a threat. But we beg to disagree! Even though most understand the importance of keeping a password secret, not everyone understands how to keep it secret. And there are still a range of generations of people using the internet, all to a different level of understanding.
To try and stay ahead if cyber criminals, here is a list of preventive actions that You can do to take precautions:
- PRIVATE – something that’s important only to You - not common knowledge!
- PERSONAL – no movie quotes, no song lyrics etc.
- PRACTICAL – easy to remember and write – make it long, but not complicated. A sentence is a great option!
- PROVOCING – Something sexy, horny, pornographic (yes, you heard us!) - it should be something you don’t want to say out loud!
"Something sexy, horny, pornographic (yes, you heard us!) - it should be something you don’t want to say out loud!"
Last, but not least, you can also conduct penetration tests, to identifying the most likely pathways hackers might use to install malware into your organization. Of cause you should back up your data on a regular basis. Practice makes perfect as we all know, so keep up the good work and stay safe!
If cybercriminals follow "trends", then so should you - let's all make an effort to make sacurity and safety trendy!
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