The Biggest Cyber Threats Your Business Could Be Facing

Over the past 18 months, we’ve seen a drastic increase in cyber-attacks! More and more businesses are falling victim to them! It’s never been so important to ensure your business prioritises its cyber security, especially as many organisations have made the full-time switch to working remotely. We’re going to highlight the biggest cyber threats that your business could be facing and what solutions and practices you must implement to remain safe and secure! Let’s jump straight in… 

  • Phishing 
  • Malware 
  • Ransomware 
  • Weak Passwords 

Phishing 

Phishing is a type of social engineering where an attacker sends a fraudulent message designed to trick a human victim into revealing sensitive information to the attacker or to deploy malicious software on the victim’s infrastructure. Since the start of the pandemic, we’ve seen a huge increase in phishing scams. Hackers pretend to be big brands such as PayPal or Ebay and create urgency so people fall for them easily.  

Although hackers are very sneaky, there are some very clear ways to spot a phishing email such as spelling and grammar errors, malicious links, email address, file attachments and the urgency of the email. Before doing anything, be sure to double check the email and ensure it’s legit!  

Learn more here.  

Malware 

Malware is any software intentionally designed to cause damage to a computer, server, client, or computer network. But, how do you protect yourself against malware? You must keep your computer and software updated, always be wary before clicking links or downloading anything, especially with email links! Don’t trust pop-up windows that ask you to download software, limit your file sharing and ensure you have anti-virus software! 

Ransomware 

Ransomware is a type of malware that threatens to publish the victim’s personal data or perpetually block access to it unless a ransom is paid. Ever since the start of the pandemic, we’ve seen some huge ransomware attacks hitting businesses worldwide! The aftermath of a ransomware attack can be devasting! It will hugely affect your businesses reputation, and as well as this, some businesses may not even recover from it.. 

In order to prevent your business from falling victim to a ransomware attack, it’s important to take on board these tips and tricks! Be sure to educate your employees so they know how to spot and stop any early signs of a breach, manage the use of accounts only allowing certain people to access confidential data, employ disaster recovery and backup plan for all data, ensure all devices are updated regularly and always be careful of email links!  

Weak Passwords 

You’d be shocked at the number of breaches caused by having unsecure and weak passwords! Did you know that 81% of company data breaches are due to poor password hygiene? More often than not, people use the same password for different websites as they can be difficult to remember! This makes you more vulnerable to hackers, especially if you are using personal information as part of your password which is easily identifiable e.g., dates of births, family names, and nicknames, etc.  

How strong is your password security? Ensure your passwords are strong and unique, and always use a password manager to store your details! For an extra layer of protection, it’s vital to enable a two-factor authentication! 

Learn more here. 

Conclusion… 

Now you’ve learned about the potential cyber threats your business could be facing, it’s important to act now and implement all of the necessary solutions to keep your business safe and secure! Take the first step today by getting in touch with our expert team! Whether you have a few questions, or would like to book a consultation, we’d love to hear from you!  

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