Discover Top 3 Cyber Threats Attacking Your Business to Steal Your Money.
Today, more than ever business leaders are feeling the effects of this with the recent attacks on Optus and Medibank costing thousands in damages.
But these types of attacks don’t only have the potential to cost your business large amounts of money, but also to be detrimental to your reputation in the marketplace.
The good news is that, with the right knowledge you can do something about it… Here are the top 3 Cyber threats facing your business, and what to do about them
1. Phishing Attacks
Attackers will use known brands for their phishing campaigns, some of the most common being Microsoft, Apple, Google, Chase, Amazon and will use fear to get your employees to act quickly without thinking, with common subject lines including “Your Account Will Be Locked”, or “Important: Please Log in to Your Account to Verify Your Info” or “Invoice Due”.
Steps To Protect Against this:
- Education – Educating your employees about the dangers of phishing attacks is the best
thing you can do to protect your business. Many of these attacks, especially for Spear
Phishing attacks, rely on creating a sense of urgency and for employees to act without
thinking. Teach your employees;
• To always verify financial transaction requests face to face with the sender.
• To verify the sender’s identity by asking a personal question before acting.
Many times an employee can unintentionally damage the business, which is another type of threat referred to as Unintentional Insider Threat. It is important to ensure that all your employees know how to spot these attacks.
- Email filtering – Consider configuring email protocols like SPF, DKIM, and DMARC to reduce this type of spoofing emails. This will help prevent Business Email Compromise (BEC) which will reduce the chances of Spear Phishing.
- Enable Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) – This is an important step when it comes to
mitigating the risks of Phishing as it reduces the chances of attackers taking control of email
accounts. This extra layer of security makes it so that, even if an attacker is able to comprise
an account username and password through successful Phishing, they would still be unable
to access the account without the extra piece of information.
- Use a Password Manager – this generates strong and unique passwords for use by your employees. This helps prevent weak password reuse across and compromise. Having unique, different passwords across the business accounts prevents damage as if an attacker was about to access an employees account, they would not be able to jump from account to account using the came credentials.
2. Malware Attacks
Some examples of Malware include:
Trojans, which are usually installed by a user thinking it’s a legitimate software.
Ransomware, which is a form of attack which holds user or company information at ransom.
Adware. This type of Malware infects a system and is used to download unwanted ads.
Spyware, which is used to eavesdrop on users.
Steps To Protect Against this:
- Education – As with the first threat, the number one defence against this type of attack is by your employees about the existence, and the potential dangers of infection by, and the spreading of Malware.
- Defining Critical Assets – You should keep an inventory of all devices that are connected to your business network. As a common way of infection is via your employees bringing in unknown personal devices, which may be infected, and spreading this to other systems, it is important to know about the exact devices that are used, and ensuring that all of these devices have anti-Malware software (AV) installed.
- Limiting Access – This means making sure that each employee only has the network privileges/ levels of permission that they need to do their job. This will limit the chance for infection of malware as, even if one of your systems are infected, it will not spread throughout your business.
- Keep Regular Backups – One way that ransomware works is by encrypting your company’s data, thereby blocking you from accessing it, and demanding paying for the key for that encryption. By keeping a complete backup of all your data, even if an attacker encrypts the original set and demands payment for the key, there is no need to pay as you can restore and continue operating from the backed up data.
3. Weak Passwords
Steps To Protect Against this:
- Change Default Passwords – many systems have a pre-programmed default password set. The problem with this is that when these systems are sold and set up for use in your business, they may have the same password as a different unit of the same model. If an attacker gets this default password from a different company, they may try it in yours and your devices may be easily comprisable.
- Business Password Management Technology – These platforms help employees manage passwords for all their accounts, suggesting strong passwords that cannot be easily cracked, and that are not repeated.
- Multi-Factor Authentication – Implementing this ensures that users need more than just a password to have access to business accounts and will include multiple verification steps. This will ensure that, even if attackers are able to get hold of account credentials, they will need further authentication to be able to access accounts.
There are several Cyber threats that are potentially devastating for your business. These
days, more than ever before these methods of attack are growing at an increasing rate, and
the developers of these are becoming smarter. The best way to ensure that your business is
protected is by having a comprehensive knowledge of the threat landscape, and by having a
strong team of IT security professionals by your side.
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