Cyber attacks are on the rise putting you at risk every day. 43 percent of cyber attacks target small to medium size businesses, so you need to be prepared to keep you and your business information and customers safe in 2019.
Wondering which cyber threat to watch out for? Find out four common cyber security risks & apply these tips to protect yourself from cyber attacks!
One of your biggest threats for a cyber security attack is your employees. One simple click on a phishing email or downloading malware by accident.
The best way to prevent these problems is to educate your employees. Have regular training so they know what malware, phishing, and how to change passwords regularly.
Employees need to know how to create a strong password and apply multi-factor authentication. Having secure passwords and 2 step verification is key because passwords can also be the gate for cyber thieves to get your sensitive information.
Ransomware is a more complicated form of malware. It does exactly what the name implies-ransomware wants you to pay a fee to unlock or retrieve your stolen personal data. If you don’t pay, you will lose everything.
Ransomware was a big threat in the cybersecurity world. Verizon created a 2018 report on Data Breach Investigations and found ransomware was the cause of more than 40 percent of malware-related breaches.
It’s important to have all your information backed up to combat this attack. Emails are the main way these attacks start. Again, it’s important to not open any suspicious emails and train your employees not to fall for these traps.
3. Patch Management
It’s important to keep your software up-to-date. The WannaCry outbreak could have been prevented with updated software and patch updates. There was a vulnerability in the Windows operating system that let a malware spread across business networks.
You can protect any vulnerable system by patching when an update is ready. This is the same for any device. Keep your cell phones, tablets, and computers all updated with any available updates.
4. Fileless Attacks
Another trend is the fileless attack which invades network systems. The scariest part of these attacks is that the hacker doesn’t need to install malware on the device. They use already installed programs.
These attacks hit the memory instead of the hard drive. These attacks are difficult to detect and stop before any damage.
A key to preventing these attacks is to keep your software updated. Also, keep an eye on all your system’s behaviors to note any slight changes. See if there is any data leaving your network-regular monitoring can help you prevent this data getting to a bad guy.
Cyber security risks change regularly as hackers get more and more advanced. You can mitigate your own risks, but some IT areas are looking to get managed security providers to help monitor and protect their network systems.
Contact PDC Technologies today to discuss all your IT and cyber security needs. We can help you monitor your network systems, e-mail, and data protection. We also provide a free current network assessment to check for any vulnerabilities.