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5 Cyber Security Threats That Will Keep You Up at Night

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Written by: lance86 | August 12th, 2017 | No Comments

How seriously are you taking cyber security threats? Don’t get too comfortable. Here are 5 of the scariest threats that you shouldn’t ignore.

One in three people were victims of a cyber attack last year. If you’re at work, look around. Count out three employees, are all of their devices ready to fend off a malicious attack? Probably not.

Cyber security threats are no longer only a threat for large multi-million dollar corporations. Last year, 43% of attacks were against small businesses. How can you keep your employees and your data safe? You’ve got to know your enemy.

Read on to learn five cyber security threats your IT team needs to prepare for:

1. Ransomware

Say you ran a small accounting business and tax season is coming up. You sit down to your computer one day to find your access to the data server blocked. You call IT and they’re having the same problem.

You can’t get any work done without your data. What has happened? Your server could be the victim of a ransom ware cyber security attack. During a ransom ware attack, hackers block access to data companies need and demand money (a ransom) for the companies to regain access.

Victims of ransom ware attacks have to make a choice. Do they recover their data for a price and hope the criminals don’t retain any of it? Or do they let their clients know what happened and start from scratch? Neither choice is ideal.

The only way to avoid this situation entirely is to make sure you and your company’s devices are protected. Since hackers are always creating new viruses, you’ll need to keep your system up to date. Make sure you’re starting from a strong place by testing your defense levels.

Once you’ve found holes in your defense, let us know and we’ll be happy to help create a better, safer solution.

2. Two Faced Malware

On the web right now there are two specific types of malware that are major cyber security threats. Two faced malware is the more creatively malicious of the two. It’s designed to trick “sandbox” security programs.

A sandbox program creates a wall that tests code/programs before it lets them through. Every time something approaches, the sandbox assesses it’s threat level and either accepts or rejects it. Things that get marked as innocent come through the barrier and are allowed on the network.

Two-faced malware takes advantage of this one-time test system. The code, which is really hidden behind cyber security threats disguises itself as a harmless code to get through the sandbox. Once a sandbox marks it as innocent and lets it pass through, it morphs into something malicious.

These shape-shifting worms are very difficult to catch since they pass the screening. Coders and engineers are working on upgrading sandwich systems to better detect them.

Wondering what could be worse than a morphing code virus? One that you can’t see at all. Learn more below.

3. Ghost Malware

Ghost malware is just as tricky as it’s two headed cousins but in a more elusive way. Two-way malware is damaging and terrifying, but at least it leaves a small trace of the damage it’s done. Ghostware doesn’t.

Of all the cyber security threats, this one is the hardest to catch. Experts call it the “snap chat of malware” because it gets in and out before you even know it. It’s so quick, that it’s impossible to know what information was accessed unless the virus gets caught in the act.

People who have been victims of this virus, won’t know until their data is compromised or found online. Ghostware attacks are peaking right now with damages estimated at over 600,000 smartphones a day.

To keep your data safe, make sure you have a high-quality security system installed. The safest bet is to have that system personalized to your needs by an expert agency and to only download official or verified phone/computer apps.

When it comes to the internet, verified or secured is always better. Read on to see how.

4. Man in the Middle

Let’s explain this with another example. Say you’re at a coffee shop, waiting to meet with a prospective client. You connect to their unsecured wifi and check your email. The client arrives, you make a deal and go on with your day.

A few days later, you find out your email was hacked and that the coffee shop’s insecure connection was to blame (though it’s hard to pinpoint this in reality). Whoever noticed the breach explains that this was a man in the middle attack.

These cyber security threats are exactly what they sound like. A party interrupts the connection between the network and its access. So when you were checking your email, the hacker was with you, virtually looking over your shoulder.

The safest way to prevent damage from a man in the middle attack is to never connect to an unsecured wifi. However, that’s not realistic. Change passwords often to prevent hackers from saving and later accessing your info.

To avoid these attacks, always connect with care.

5. DDOS Attacks

These attacks are the most dramatic examples of cyber security threats. They’re what people think of when they imagine computers taking over the world.

A distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack is when hackers attempt to take a site offline by using devices to overwhelm servers. To complete this type of attack, criminals use Trojans on unsuspecting devices. The Trojan viruses live in the background and then send useless data to a server when asked.

The useless data overwhelms the targeted server, making it work slowly or malfunction. The most PG versions of these attacks aim to slow the site down and inconvenience visitors. While the worst types use these devices to break down security and access valuable information.

Afraid of your devices becoming super-hacking robots? Get a customized security plan today!

Cyber Security Threats: Up Your Defense

After reading these top cyber security threats, it can feel like the internet is not a safe place to run your business. Thankfully, that’s not true. Your company can continue to use online platforms, as long as you have the right defense mechanisms in place.

The best defense is a personalized, high-security system. To see if you need one, take our free vulnerabilities test. Once you’ve found the holes in your service, give us a call. Our experts will help you find the safest system for your business.

Which threat scared you the most?

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