Cyber threats come in many forms and no business is immune. Cyber attackers will stop at nothing to access confidential information and will make every attempt at bypassing security systems.
But not all businesses who become targets of hackers are equipped to go up against the invisible enemies. Many businesses fail to prevent breaches simply because they don’t know the different types of cyber attacks.
By knowing the ways that hackers access your information, you can have a better idea of how to strengthen your company’s security measures.
Here are two ways that cybercriminals can hack your company’s cybersecurity system.
Masking malicious software
Hackers can trick business owners and their employees into downloading malware and ransomware when visiting a website that they trust. The website might insist that the user downloads software to run another program only to wage a cyber attack once the software is downloaded.
Cyber attackers also engage in phishing scams. In these types of scams, hackers will send emails that contain malicious links. If an employee opens the email and follows the link, a cybercriminal can gain access to a business’ confidential information.
Hacking passwords is one of the most common ways that cyber attacks begin. If a password isn’t unique or hard to crack, it wouldn’t be difficult for a hacker to decode. Keeping the same password for an extended period and using the same password for several programs can also make any business an easy target.
It’s important to note that owners of big businesses aren’t the only ones that cyber attackers target. Businesses of any size can become victims of cybercriminals. In fact, 43 percent of cyber attacks are on small businesses.
But there are ways that you can protect your business from a data breach. By reviewing your company’s cyber security measures often and staying up-to-date on the latest hacking techniques, you can help to prepare your business if you ever come “face-to-face” with a cyber attacker.