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Five cyber security threats you should be aware of

Cyber security threats

Cyber Security Threats come in different shapes and sizes. From a simple spyware monitoring your network transactions to a fully-fledged ransomware attack which could hold your critical data for ransom, there are multiple ways in which your IT network could be affected.  

Understanding the potential risks surrounding your IT infrastructure means you can build a resilient cybersecurity strategy that enhances your IT environment and keeps vulnerabilities at bay.  

So here’s five cyber security threats you should be aware of…

Phishing scams 

Phishing emails still pose a major threat to the digital landscape of many business organizations across the globe.  

COVID-19 communications have provided the perfect cover for these emails to lure unsuspecting users. By creating a sense of urgency, these emails might persuade your employees to click on malware links that could steal sensitive data or install malicious viruses inside a computer. 

Ransomware  

Targeted ransomware attacks are increasing every day. It is estimated that a ransomware attack will happen every 11 seconds in 2021.  

Ransomware attacks hold an organization’s critical data for a ransom, and millions of dollars are paid to hackers every year as corporates do not want to risk losing their sensitive data. However, there is no guarantee that your files will be secure even after you pay the ransom.  

Cloud Jackin 

With the cloud becoming a more sophisticated way of storing data, incidents of cloud jacking has become a serious threat.  

As estimated by the 2020 Forcepoint Cybersecurity Predictions, a public cloud vendor is responsible for providing the infrastructure while most of the responsibility concerning data security rests with the users. So, bear in mind, you are mostly responsible for your data security even when it is on the cloud. 

Man-in-the-middle attack  

Hackers can insert themselves in a two-party transaction when it happens on a public network. Once they get access, they can filter and steal your data. If your remote working employees use public networks to carry out their official tasks, they are vulnerable to these attacks. 

Distributed Denial-of-Service attack 

This attack happens when hackers manipulate your normal web traffic and flood the system with resources and traffic that exhaust the bandwidth. As a result, users will not be able to perform their legitimate tasks. Once the network is clogged, the attacker will be able to send various botnets to the network and manipulate it. 

The world of cyber security can be a scary one but with the right IT support provider you can rest easy knowing your data is well protected. 

Check out our page on Dark Web Monitoring and Cyber Security service available to you.

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