Can you really rob a bank with a printer? Yes. It isn’t easy, but it did happen..more than once…and it could happen again because the perpetrators are still up to no good, and they’re outside the reach of conventional law enforcement.
Whether or not you want to invest in cybersecurity, it isn’t an option anymore. Cyber threats are more prominent today than ever before. Businesses worldwide are being affected by cyber attacks. The results of a cyber attack are financial loss, stolen information and can take a toll on your business reputation.
Companies are being impacted by data breaches and other cyber threats more and more frequently. Why does it seem like it’s getting worse? Well, as technology becomes more advanced, so do the tactics used by network infiltrators. Suspicious emails, deceptive advertisements, and malicious downloads are becoming very hard to detect by the untrained eye.
It is essential to assess the security of your company to mitigate cyber attacks or security inefficiencies. But how do you assess your companies state of security? Penetration tests, risk assessments, and vulnerability assessments are a great way to maintain and enhance your secure environment.
Cyber threats, such as ransomware and phishing attacks, are occurring every day and put businesses at risk of monetary extortion and business interruption. Cyber threats are constantly evolving, and new tactics used to infiltrate your network appear every day. Within the last quarter of this year alone, 6,000 new vulnerabilities were detected. These vulnerabilities are doorways that hackers seek out to gain access to your network.
Is your business running into cybersecurity threats frequently? Are you noticing more and more phishing attacks targeting your employees? Well, you’re not alone.
No one likes hacked accounts. Am I right? A hacked account can result in financial loss, identity theft, or just a whole lot of wasted time. None of which is fun. But unfortunately, you don’t have too much control over what is or is not hacked when it comes to third party data breaches. All you have control over is the aftermath. So, if you happen to find yourself on the receiving end of a data breach, here is what you should remember.
Usernames and passwords are quickly becoming the sole way we maintain privacy and security of our sensitive information. We exist in a world where everything you do requires some form of password, whether it be getting into your online banking, logging onto social media, or entering a passcode to get into your phone. As we continue moving towards a virtual world, it is more apparent that most of our personal information lies in our hands phone applications and online presence. For this reason, it is important that people know the importance of a secure password and the dos and do nots to ensure credentials and sensitive information is not leaked.
While the number of people falling for sending personal information to the crown prince of Nigeria in hopes of receiving his promised wealth and riches seems to be dropping, phishing remains a major issue. In fact, the number of phishing campaigns pursued by hackers around the world had a 667% increase within the last year that were using the coronavirus as a lure. What exactly is phishing? Hackers mimic the emails, forms, and websites of legitimate companies in an effort to lure people into providing their private, personal information, like credit cards numbers, social security information, account logins, and personal identifiers. The victim typically doesn’t realize they’ve been compromised until long after the event, and oftentimes only after their identity or finances are affected. In the past, an attack was carried out relatively quickly. As soon as the victim gave up their information, the hacker moved in and stole money from the compromised bank account. Today, it’s often more lucrative for hackers to sell that information on the Dark Web, resulting in longer-lasting, even more devastating attacks.
In the last decade, billions of people have had their information stolen from one, if not multiple, business sectors. Technology is constantly expanding, and with new technology comes new ways of hacking into seemingly secure data. As technology advances, people tend to forget about outdated technology and are lackadaisical about security. Outdated devices, human error, malware and theft are all things that contribute greatly to the possibility of a data breach. It’s important to ensure companies are well aware of all possible breaches in order to secure them. No business wants to face the PR nightmare other companies have.