Written By Charles Leaver CEO Ziften
No organization, however small or large, is immune from a cyberattack. Whether the attack is initiated from an outside source or from the inside – no company is fully protected. I have lost count of the variety of times that senior managers from companies have said to me, “why would any person want to attack us?”
Cyber Attacks Can Take Lots of Types
The proliferation of devices that can connect to organization networks (laptops, smart phones and tablets) suggest an increased risk of security vulnerabilities. The aim of a cyberattack is to exploit those vulnerabilities.
One of the most common cyberattack approaches is making use of 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 sensitive data or perhaps destroy computer networks. Malware is often in the type of an executable file that will distribute across your network.
Malware is becoming a lot more advanced, and now there is rogue software that will masquerade itself as legitimate security software that has been created to protect your network.
Phishing attacks are likewise typical. Frequently it’s an e-mail that is sent from an allegedly “trusted authority” requesting that the user supply personal data by clicking a link. Some of these phishing emails look very authentic and they have actually deceived a lot of users. If the link is clicked and data entered the details will be stolen. Today an increasing number of phishing emails can consist of ransomware.
A password attack is among the most basic kinds of cyber attacks. This is where an unapproved 3rd party will attempt to access to your systems by “breaking” the login password. Software can be utilized here to carry out brute force attacks to guess passwords, and mix of words utilized for passwords can be compared using a dictionary file.
If an attacker gains access to your network through a password attack then they can easily introduce harmful malware and trigger a breach of your delicate data. Password attacks are one of the easiest to avoid, and stringent password policies can offer a very effective barrier. Altering passwords regularly is likewise suggested.
Denial of Service
A Denial of Service (DoS) attack is everything about causing maximum disturbance of the network. Attackers will send very high volumes of traffic through the network and typically make lots of connection demands. The result is an overload of the network and it will shut down.
Multiple computer systems can be used by cyber attackers in DoS attacks that will create extremely high levels of traffic to overload the network. Just recently the biggest DoS attack in history utilized botnets versus Krebs On Security. On a regular basis, endpoint devices connected to the network such as PC’s and laptops can be pirated and will then contribute to the attack. If a DoS attack is experienced, it can have severe consequences for network security.
Man in the Middle
Man in the middle attacks are accomplished by impersonating endpoints of a network during a details exchange. Info can be taken from the end user and even the server that they are interacting with.
How Can You Entirely Prevent Cyber Attacks?
Complete prevention 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 sensitive data. It is necessary not to believe that you can just purchase and install a security software application suite then sit back. The more sophisticated cyber criminals know all the security software application systems in the marketplace, and have created techniques to get around the safeguards that they provide.
Strong and often altered passwords is a policy that you must embrace, and is among the easiest safeguards to put in place. Encrypting your sensitive data is another easy thing to do. Beyond setting up anti-viruses and malware defense suites along with an excellent firewall software program, you must make sure that regular backups remain in place and also you have a data breach incident response/remediation plan in case the worst takes place. Ziften assists organizations continually monitor for risks that may survive their defenses, and do something about it right away to remove the threat totally.