No matter what the size of your business, you need to include cyber security in your business toolkit. Forty-three percent of cyberattacks target small businesses and the threats, techniques and tactics are changing as fast as online technology.
Here are seven types of cyber attacks criminals are using against small businesses today:
- Denial of Service (DOS) – Attackers overwhelm your network using multiple hijacked computers to overload your system and shut it down. The best way to prevent these types of attacks is to monitor unusual traffic patterns using analytics and keep your security software updated.
- Insider Attack – Some of the worst breaches occur when past employees decide to misuse data access and information you’ve left in place. When people leave your company be sure to terminate their network access.
- Malware – Malware is malicious software that lurks online looking to gain access to your system. Malware includes viruses, Trojan Horses worms, and other attacks like ransomware. Antivirus software and never opening unknown emails is the way to avoid problems.
- Password Attacks – Strong passwords are important. Birthdays and “1234” are not solid passwords. Password attacks are so common, the last three cyberattacks are all password related.
- The Brute Force Attack – Modern day hackers use software that runs different common passwords until one clicks. If your attackers has an employee list they’ll start there and work down the list until they gain access.
- The Dictionary Attack – Pretty much the same as a brute force attack, but with a different focus. A dictionary attack gets its name because it attempts to defeat an authentication mechanism by systematically entering each word in the dictionary as a password.
- Key Logger Attack – Hackers use software capable of tracking every keystroke. If you’ve ever logged into a portal using a username and password, you’re vulnerable. Use multi-factor authentication to slow hackers down. Access codes can add protection.
Security is a need for every business. Taking simple precautions to thwart attacks can help keep your network safe. Be aware of the risks and stay diligent to protect your network from attack!