Written By Chuck Leaver CEO Ziften
No company, however little or large, is resistant from a cyber attack. Whether the attack is initiated from an outside source or from an insider – no company is fully secure. I have lost count of the variety of times that executives from organizations have stated to me, “why would anyone want to hack us?”
Cyberattacks Can Take Lots of Types
The expansion of devices that can link to enterprise networks (laptop computers, smart phones and tablets) imply an increased danger of security vulnerabilities. The goal of a cyber attack is to exploit those vulnerabilities.
One of the most common cyber attack approaches is using malware. Malware is code that has a malicious intent and can consist of infections, Trojans and worms. The objective with malware is often to take delicate data and even damage computer networks. Malware is often in the type of an executable file that will distribute throughout your network.
Malware is becoming a lot more advanced, and now there is rogue malware that will masquerade itself as genuine security software that has been developed to protect your network.
Phishing attacks are likewise typical. Most often it’s an e-mail that is sent out from an allegedly “trustworthy authority” asking that the user supply individual data by clicking a link. Some of these phishing emails look very genuine and they have deceived a lot of users. If the link is clicked and data input the info will be taken. Today an increasing variety of phishing e-mails can include ransomware.
A password attack is among the most basic forms of cyber attacks. This is where an unauthorized 3rd party will try to gain access to your systems by “breaking” the login password. Software applications can be utilized here to conduct brute force attacks to guess passwords, and combination of words utilized for passwords can be compared using a dictionary file.
If an opponent gains access to your network through a password attack then they can quickly launch malicious malware and trigger a breach of your sensitive data. Password attacks are one of the simplest to avoid, and strict password policies can supply a really efficient barrier. Altering passwords routinely is also suggested.
Denial of Service
A Denial of Service (DoS) attack is everything about causing optimal disruption of the network. Attackers will send really high amounts of traffic through the network and generally make numerous connection demands. The result is an overload of the network and it will close down.
Several computers can be utilized by hackers in DoS attacks that will produce really significant levels of traffic to overload the network. Just recently the biggest DoS attack in history used botnets against Krebs On Security. Quite often, endpoint devices connected to the network such as PC’s and laptops can be pirated and will then add to the attack. If a DoS attack is experienced, it can have severe repercussions for network security.
Man in the Middle
Man in the middle attacks are attained by impersonating endpoints of a network during an information exchange. Information can be stolen from the end user or even the server that they are interacting with.
How Can You Completely Avoid Cyber Attacks?
Total avoidance of a cyber attack is not possible with existing technology, but there is a lot that you can do to safeguard your network and your delicate data. It is essential not to think that you can just buy and execute a security software application suite then sit back. The more advanced cyber criminals know all the security software solutions on the market, and have devised approaches to conquer the safeguards that they provide.
Strong and often altered passwords is a policy that you must embrace, and is one of the most convenient safeguards to implement. Encrypting your sensitive data is another easy thing to do. Beyond setting up anti-viruses and malware security suites as well as an excellent firewall program, you need to make sure that routine backups remain in place and also you have a data breach incident response/remediation plan in case the worst happens. Ziften helps companies constantly monitor for risks that might get through their defenses, and act instantly to get rid of the hazard totally.