When it comes to cyber security, there are seven critical hazards that have the power to wipe out your entire network.
For business owners, workplace safety should always be priority number one. It doesn’t matter if you own a small startup company or run a corporate empire, you need to be taking proactive measures to keep your employees and property out of harm’s way. Today, there is a massive amount of threats circulating around the web, and many carry enough power to compromise your entire business with just a single data breach alone. And don’t expect this to change any time soon. Technology may evolve into a more sophisticated solution, but that also means that the digital threat landscape will only become more severe.
This blog will introduce you to the web’s most dangerous cyber hazards, while also showing you what can be done to prevent them.
Cyber Security’s Most Dangerous Threats
Disaster is inevitable, especially with the rising importance of internet use. While the internet is a valuable network of information, it can quickly transform into a dangerous battlefield. Cyber disasters can strike from nearly any angle at any point in time. If you find yourself in a cross-fire of cyber dangers, then you may be at risk of losing some of your most valuable assets including passwords, business plans, financial information, and any other form of sensitive data.
In order to keep your network unscathed, it’s important to educate yourself on these critical cyber hazards:
Did you know that your website has certain capacity limits? While it’s important to generate a lot of traffic to your site, there is such a thing as too much traffic. If there are too many visitors entering the same webpage simultaneously, the site can get overwhelmed and be forced to shut down abruptly. Most of the time, these issues will stem from Denial-of-Service (DOS) attacks. DOS attacks are manipulative forms of collaboration that take place when multiple cyber hackers get together and enter websites at the same time through multiple IP addresses. The influx of visitors will overload certain elements of the website. As a result this will block users from making service requests online.
What would you do if you got a random email from the CEO of your company? Chances are that you’d probably open it with a sense of panic, confusion, and urgency. That’s the intent of phishing scams. Hackers commit an act of identity theft and pose as high-authority figures in order to real in interest from vulnerable users. So if you get a suspicious email from your boss or any other important figure, be careful when opening it, because it will probably contain some type of manipulative call to action. More than likely, these are just powerful malware traps, and when triggered, they will infect your network with dangerous viruses. Beware of any message that asks you to click on a link or verify any credentials, and do not take action until you get approval from your IT desk.
Man-in-the-Middle attacks occur when communication between two users is intercepted by an unauthorized third-party. When this type of cryptography takes place, attackers gain the ability to access information shared in what appears to be a private conversation. What makes matters worse is that users are led to believe that the attacker is actually a trusted agent who is supposed to relay information to the right source. Instead, the “man in the middle” is really just eavesdropping and collecting sensitive data that they deem valuable for their own personal gain. Once the MitM confiscates this information, chances are that it won’t ever reach the person on the other end of your conversation.
Malware is the most dangerous form of software to be installed on any computer system, and the worst part about it is that it’s done without your consent. This malicious form of software is the ultimate virus carrier. When malware is installed onto your server, hackers are able to gain full control of your network, which enables them to secure possession of your most confidential assets. There are multiple types of malware that can be installed on your operating system, and some are powerful enough to wipe your entire network.
Here is a list of some of the strongest forms of malware attacks:
- Trojan horse programs
- Computer viruses and worms
- File infectors
- System infections
- Logic bombs
Let’s just get this straight. This isn’t your annual “happy birthday” message from Grandma and Grandpa. When it comes to cyber security, birthday messages carry some of the most severe dangers. These manipulative algorithms are all over the web and appear as a result of a message digest (MD), which is a defective hash function. Birthday message attacks appear in the form of questionnaires that are conducted by hackers. Victims will be tricked into submitting important sets of data right to the hacker, which gives them complete ability to take control of your network.
Have you ever thought how malware gets planted onto a website? It’s not the same way as a traditional malware attack. If your website is crawling with viruses, then chances are that you were hit by a drive-by attack. During drive-by’s, hackers will insert malicious scripts into the HTTP code on certain webpages. These scripts are malware traps that are instantly activated when visitors arrive on that particular page. Drive-bys can be triggered by practically any web-based activity, so in order to prevent them, you’ll need to keep the number of plug-ins on your computer at a minimum.
Passwords can be easily seized with “brute-force.” What this means is that hackers are able to take possession of your password information, simply by just guessing the characters. This can even be accomplished if your passwords are encrypted. In order to prevent others from cracking into your network, it’s important that you add an account lockout system that automatically locks out password codes for new users.
Call CTMS to Mitigate the Risk of Emerging Threats
When it comes to cyber security, there is no one better to have in your corner than one of the experts from Computer Technology Management Services. We’ll be there to ensure that your network is left unscathed from any surrounding dangers.
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