Businesses are at greater risk now than they previously were as cybercrime is at an all-time high, and not enough is being done to stop this. Therefore, it is imperative that companies see to their own computer network security to protect their trade secrets, clients’ information, financial information, and other sensitive data against the malicious intents of cybercriminals who are looking for just one vulnerability where they can strike.
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To develop relevant strategies and take the necessary precautions, it is imperative to understand where the risk lies. Below are five ways hackers penetrate a business.
Social engineering is a method hackers use to get into a business network. They study the information key individuals and targeted employees have uploaded on social networking sites and use that information (e.g., date of birth, favorite artist, mother’s name, etc.) to guess and hack passwords. Through this, they enter into the company server, send out messages with malicious links to others to trigger mass hacking, or carry out some other evil plan.
Solution: Keep information on social media accounts private, and be very careful about what information you reveal online. Also, conduct security audits on a quarterly basis.
Keeping a weak password or using the same password for all accounts is like serving your information to hackers on a silver platter – it is the top reason for cybercrime.
Solution: Instruct all employees to keep a unique and strong password that is different for every account. The password should include a combination of lowercase and uppercase letters, be at least 20 characters, and contain symbols or numbers. And it should be changed every 90 days.
Malware attacks have evolved a lot in the past decade. Whether it is about stealing data for infecting the whole network. There are various kinds out there that you need to look out for, or it could cost your firm hundreds of thousands of dollars. These can be triggered by clicking on the wrong link or website, downloading infected files/software, and inserting an infected USB, among other things.
Solution: Restrict internet access within the firm to protect your network. Also, frequently run antivirus and antimalware programs, and keep all existing software updated for security patches.
Phishing emails are difficult to spot as they are designed to look like legitimate emails coming from a company. These emails iterate recipients to click on links that direct them to infected websites where they are asked to enter their passwords.
Solution: Keep your browsers, operating systems, and software updated with the latest security patches to eliminate vulnerabilities. Also, pay extra attention to cybersecurity, and keep designated cloud-based filtering folders in your email to weed out spam mail and viruses. And never open emails and download attachments sent from unknown people, download software from third-party sites, or click on external links.
Hackers can infiltrate your network or get a hold of your business website, and block access to files, lock you out of accounts or post explicit content until and unless you pay them the demanded ransom. Even if you make the payment, there is no guarantee that you with get your data back.
Solution: Regularly change your passwords and maintain a backup of all important data. Also, choose a strong internet security package and never open external links or unknown websites.
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