Hacking has become pretty common in the business world. Small businesses especially are frequent targets. Hackers assume small businesses don’t have the expertise or budget to put the proper security in place. Additionally, with more and more employees working from home there is a greater chance of weak links and insecure platforms being used, making it easier for hackers to get into a company’s system. It’s important to stay on top of the many ways hackers are accessing proprietary data. Read on to see ten common tactics hackers are using and how they make your company cyber-vulnerable.
1) Deep Fakes: This term refers to the use of artificial intelligence to manipulate the images of a video. People are lured into watching the video because they think it’s legitimate. They are often used in phishing scams, identity theft and financial fraud.
2) Rampant Ransomware: Ransomware is becoming more complex. It is often spread through phishing emails that contain corrupt attachments or links.
3) Tech Threats: Smartphones and handheld devices are aggressively becoming bigger targets. A cybercriminal can access an entire network through an unprotected mobile device.
4) WiFi Compromises: There is an increased chance that remote employees could inadvertently work on an open or unsecure platform.
5) Website Hacking: This involves the insertion of code into websites to access sensitive data including credit card information.
6) Cloud Attacks: Cyber criminals are aware that the cloud can be a less secure place for sensitive data and will undoubtedly use that to their advantage. Once hackers have access to a cloud service provider, they can use the cloud infrastructure to navigate from one target to another.
7) Spear Phishing: Phishing will continue to be an effective mode of security-breaching.
8) Unsupported Windows 7: Windows recently ended support for Windows 7, meaning its security measures are no longer being updated by Microsoft. Make sure your company’s systems are running on the current operating systems.
9) Untrained Employees: It is important for employers to be aware of the human factor in cyber security. Train employees on how to be cyber-vigilant.
10) Internal Vulnerabilities: Companies tend to grant sensitive data access to too many employees. Plus, companies tend to use the same passwords for multiple platforms, which is never a safe idea.
ICC takes strategic steps to mitigate these security risks and help prevent your company from being attacked. We implement the best tech practices, use new cyber technologies, conduct staff training and testing to identify a cyber adversary, and even come up with an Incidence Response Plan so your company knows how to react to potential threats. To learn more give us a call at 970-821-8592.
May 21, 2021