Written By Charles Leaver CEO Ziften
No company, however small or big, is resistant from a cyberattack. Whether the attack is started from an external source or from an insider – no organization is fully protected. I have lost count of the number of times that executives from organizations have said to me, “why would anybody want to attack us?”
Cyberattacks Can Take Lots of Forms
The expansion of devices that can connect to organization networks (laptop computers, smart phones and tablets) suggest an increased threat of security vulnerabilities. The objective of a cyberattack is to make use of those vulnerabilities.
Among the most typical cyberattack methods is making use of malware. Malware is code that has a harmful intent and can consist of viruses, Trojans and worms. The objective with malware is typically to steal sensitive data or even ruin computer networks. Malware is often in the type of an executable file that will spread throughout your network.
Malware is ending up being a lot more sophisticated, and now there is rogue malware that will masquerade itself as genuine security software that has actually been designed to protect your network.
Phishing attacks are likewise common. Frequently it’s an email that is sent out from a supposedly “trusted authority” asking that the user supply personal data by clicking a link. Some of these phishing emails look extremely genuine and they have fooled a great deal of users. If the link is clicked and data input the information will be stolen. Today an increasing number of phishing e-mails can include ransomware.
A password attack is among the simplest types of cyber attacks. This is where an unauthorized third party will try to get to your systems by “cracking” the login password. Software applications can be utilized here to carry out brute force attacks to predict passwords, and mix of words utilized for passwords can be compared using a dictionary file.
If an attacker gains access to your network through a password attack then they can quickly introduce malicious malware and trigger a breach of your sensitive data. Password attacks are one of the simplest to avoid, and rigorous password policies can provide an extremely reliable barrier. Altering passwords frequently is likewise advised.
Denial of Service
A Denial of Service (DoS) attack is all about causing maximum disturbance of the network. Attackers will send out really high amounts of traffic through the network and normally make lots of connection requests. The result is an overload of the network and it will shut down.
Multiple computer systems can be used by cyber attackers in DoS attacks that will create very significant levels of traffic to overload the network. Just recently the largest DoS attack in history utilized botnets versus Krebs On Security. On a regular basis, endpoint devices connected to the network such as PC’s and laptop computers can be hijacked and will then contribute to the attack. If a DoS attack is experienced, it can have major effects for network security.
Man in the Middle
Man in the middle attacks are accomplished by impersonating endpoints of a network during an information exchange. Details can be stolen from the end user or even the server that they are interacting with.
How Can You Completely Avoid Cyber Attacks?
Complete avoidance of a cyber attack is impossible with present innovation, but there is a lot that you can do to protect your network and your sensitive data. It is essential not to believe that you can just purchase and install a security software application suite then sit back. The more sophisticated cyber lawbreakers understand all of the security software systems in the marketplace, and have actually designed approaches to get around the safeguards that they provide.
Strong and frequently changed passwords is a policy that you need to adopt, and is among the easiest safeguards to put in place. The encryption of your delicate data is another no-brainer. Beyond setting up antivirus and malware defense suites in addition to a good firewall software program, you ought to make sure that routine backups remain in place and also you have a data breach event response/remediation strategy in case the worst takes place. Ziften helps businesses continuously monitor for threats that might get through their defenses, and take action right away to get rid of the threat completely.