From Microsoft to Facebook and Estée Lauder, big brands have suffered serious cybersecurity blows in the last couple of years. This is a clear indicator that businesses are no longer immune to such cyberattacks and security breaches. Unless companies start taking cybersecurity on priority, they will continue to suffer consequences. To eliminate security concerns, it is important to know about common threats. In this post, we are sharing top cybersecurity risks, concerns, and threats.
- Malware. Malware refers to malicious software and files that are intended to cause harm in many ways. There are different types of malware out there, right from ransomware and viruses, to worms, trojans, and spyware. For malware prevention, using an antimalware suite and using Multifactor Authentication can be really handy.
- Ransomware. Although this is a type of malware, Ransomware deserves an additional mention, because of recent attacks. Ransomware is usually installed on the system after the user is tricked into downloading a trojan. This kind of malware can encrypt files, and the hacker will typically ask for ransom in return of a decryption key.
- Phishing. Phishing attacks mostly happen through email. Hackers send emails with the intention of getting sensitive information from users, such as credit card details or passwords. Phishing continues to remain one of the most serious threats for businesses across the world.
- Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attack. This kind of attack usually involves flooding the target with traffic, with different intentions. DDoS attacks are often hard to detect through firewalls.
- Spear phishing. This is type of highly customized phishing attack, where the email often is personalized to trick the user. The hacker may include links in the email or can ask for information that are not typically shared on email.
- Brute force attacks. This kind of attack basically about trying to guess usernames and passwords, until the hacker gets it right. Using a lockout feature is a great way to prevent such Brute force attacks.
- Password Attack. As the name suggests, Password Attacks are all about cracking a password, and the hacker can rely on a bunch of tactics for that. Strong password policies are extremely important for preventing such attacks.
Other examples of cybersecurity attacks include Man-in-the-middle (MITM) attacks, Whale-phishing Attacks, Structured Query Language (SQL) injection attack, DNS Spoofing, XSS Attacks, and Eavesdropping Attacks. Make sure that your company is ready to handle such attacks and has an incident response plan in place.