The Top Cyber-Security Threats & Vulnerabilities You Need To Know About
You may not be aware of it but right now your business is under threat from
various hackers and other unscrupulous people trying to break into your IT
systems and to steal company information. Just because you are a very small
business concern, it doesn’t mean that your details are not of interest to
these people and if anything, smaller businesses are more susceptible to cyber
security threats and they have many vulnerabilities that they are not
currently aware of. It doesn’t matter where you are because no one company is
100% completely safe from any kind of attack and such an attack can end up
shutting down your business platform and costing you an incredible amount of
money and time.
Many businesses find themselves susceptible to
and so not only are their computer systems vulnerable but there are also cyber threats happening at any given time and it may be the result of worker error
within your business. Either way, if your computer system is vulnerable due to
some kind of flaw in the system or there is a cyber threat from outside
elements, it’s happening to businesses all across the world right at this very
moment and it is an ongoing issue moving forward.
If this is all very new to you and you’re not aware of this until now that
your system probably has vulnerabilities with regards to security and security
threats, then maybe the following examples can help to open your eyes a little
to the dangers that are out there.
# 1 New & existing malware
The people that create this malware usually use programs that have been used
before and just tweak them a little so that they can bypass the many and the
virus programs that are currently available. Many businesses experience such
things as ransom ware where all of your files and important details are
inaccessible to you and the only way to be able to use them again is to pay
these unscrupulous individuals a sum of money.
# 2 Failure to patch vulnerabilities
If a system is put into place to protect your computer systems and your staff
constantly ignore the updates because they don’t want to take 10 minutes out
of their busy day to allow the update to run then you are not taking the right
steps to patch the vulnerabilities that your system currently has. The best
thing to do here is to set an update schedule where any
security patches are applied
no matter what your staff are doing.
# 3 Backdoors
Many of us are familiar with backdoors on our PCs because they are put into
place in the event that we are having issues with your IT platform and the
manufacturer has to gain access remotely to them. Backdoors however can be
installed by unscrupulous people onto your systems without you knowing about
it and so these hidden backdoors compromise all of your software and allow on
offer eyes people to have access to your computer system.
# 4 Unlimited access
It’s likely that your business does not have anything in place to limit the
amount of access that is given to your staff members and so you leave your
system open to security problems because you’re allowing everyone to gain
administration level. Your staff will only need access to certain aspects of
your IT system and so you should have things in place that restricts them from
all of the things.
# 5 No malware or virus checks
It can be very tempting for your staff members to get distracted throughout
the day and so to start looking around websites for goods or services that
they are interested in just to kill some time. The key here is to stop the
staff from visiting many
that could find an opportunity to run malware on your systems. If at all
possible, you should automatically disable the running of safe files today.
# 6 Phishing attacks
There will always be people trying to confuse your employees into providing
them with sensitive company data and trying to get them to download malware.
Generally, what they do is to send an email that looks like it came from
someone important within the business like yourself if you are the manager or
business owner and so they will open the email and allow the phishing to
download the malware.
Technology is a wonderful thing, and many businesses want to embrace cyber security tech as much of it as possible, but you also need to remember that you need to be careful when it comes to the Internet Of Things because using smart devices throughout the office leaves your business far more vulnerable to attacks and hackers to find it very easy to hijack these devices and to carry out attacks on your IT platform.