There are many different kinds of security threats that can cause major disasters for your business’s IT network. In this blog we describe a few examples and what to watch out for to keep your business safe.
Phishing is exactly what it sounds like: using bait to catch what you want. Cyber criminals pretend to be someone you know through communication such as emails and attempt to gain sensitive information such as usernames, passwords and credit card details. These messages can appear to come from many different sources, for example you could receive an email appearing to be from your bank asking for your details to ensure that the account is up to date or because your account has apparently been accessed elsewhere. This then enables your details to be used to make bank transfers and other interactions that can only occur with your private details.
Spear phishing goes a step further with the knowledge that people are becoming wary of regular phishing. Spear phishing involves people masquerading as someone you know whether that be family, friend or colleague, and targeting you as an individual rather than a broad email sent to many different people at once. These emails will involve asking people to log in with their details to fake websites or provide links that when clicked install spyware. Both phishing and spear phishing make victims and their details vulnerable.
Ransomware takes your computer hostage and demands a ransom to get your files back, this is done by your computer being taken over and your files being encrypted. You are then given a period of time to pay a fee otherwise the files become permanently lost. This malware takes your business completely out of your hands, there is no guarantee that if you pay the ransom your files will be returned.
Adware comes in the form of pop up advertisements and while sometimes that is all they are, on other occasions they can come bundled with spyware which can monitor your activity, collect your keystrokes and modify security settings.
There are many different threats out there that can damage not only your IT network but also your business as a whole by having an impact on your finances. 90% of businesses that lose data in disasters such as the ones detailed in this blog shut down within two years. For more information on how you can protect yourself from these cyber security threats then please attend our Breakfast Briefing on 27th October ‘The Truth About Ransomware’ the details for which can be found here.