There are many methods hackers use to infiltrate a business, and they often combine approaches to execute an attack. However, there is a variety of methods you can use to protect your business.
Here are five common ways hackers can infiltrate a business and the best defense against each.
1. Malware Attacks – Malware attacks are typically launched when an unsuspecting employee clicks on a malicious website link or inserts an infected USB, delivering software to your system that can gain access or cause damage to a computer or network.
Defense: Restrict Internet access within your company. Also, run malware detection software, and keep your existing software current.
2. Social Engineering – These attacks are becoming increasingly sophisticated. Pay special attention to what you post on social media. Hackers use this information to fool otherwise unsuspecting users or employees into handing over confidential or sensitive data.
Defense: Before posting, carefully consider the information you’re about to reveal.
3. Weak Passwords – Eighty percent of cybercrime is a result of weak passwords – 50% of us use only one password for all logins. It’s a major problem!
Defense: Educate your team on the importance of strong passwords. Create a strong password for every account and change it every 90 days.
4. Phishing Emails – Phishing emails look like a normal email from a legitimate source. However, they lead to an infected website when you enter a password or click a link. Phishing attacks have increased 125% in the past five years.
Defense: Keep your OS, applications and browsers updated with the latest security patches. Don’t open emails from unknown sources or click on any unidentified links.
5. Ransomware – A ransomware attack can be devastating. A hacker gets a hold of your data and won’t release it until you pay a ransom. The problem is paying doesn’t always mean you’ll get your files back.
Defense: Change your passwords often, and backup your data. Choose a strong security package that updates frequently. Like phishing emails, don’t open any links, or visit any website unless you’re 100% sure they’re legitimate.
Educating your team is the best way to keep your business safe. A proactive approach is the best way to stay safe from cybercrime. Ask us about our Managed IT solutions for businesses like yours. We can help keep your data safe.