Hackers Love Businesses
Yes, hackers are attacking your business. Hackers love businesses and their clients. Why? Businesses store all kinds of client information. Successfully hacking a business is like cracking open a piggy bank. Small businesses make even better targets simply because security is usually lacking compared to larger organizations.
So how do hackers steal your data? Here are the most popular methods of attack according to a recent report from Positive Technologies.
Primary Targets and Delivery
Malware attacks primarily targeted servers and workstations within businesses using spyware and remote administration malware. Positive Technologies states:
Attackers still find plenty of ways to incorporate leaked NSA exploits into their own malware. In one example, PyRoMine mining malware used the EternalRomance exploit (MS17-010) to steal computing power and create a hidden administrator account with remote desktop capabilities, setting the stage for subsequent attacks.
Many of these attacks are used in conjunction. Emails are still the most common delivery system used to launch malware attacks. Typically, victims open Microsoft Word documents with malware stored inside. Social engineering attacks most often arrive in the form a phishing email (learn how to identify phishing emails). These emails trick you into compromising your credentials. Even the best of us fall prey to them.
Protect Your Business From Hackers
Here are a few steps we recommend to help protect your business.
- Keep hard and software up-to-date.
- Install antivirus protection on all endpoints.
- Use a web application firewall on your website.
- Use anti-DDoS services.
- Encrypt your data.
- Backup regularly.
- Monitor your network perimeter.
- Monitor your network traffic.
- Use two-factor authentication whenever possible.
- Don’t allow weak passwords.
- Don’t allow weak passwords (yes, we’re repeating it on purpose).
- Educate and test your employees regarding information security.
We could make this list longer, but we’re just hitting the highlights. Securing a business network and its devices is growing more complex all the time. The risks associated with data breaches consistently grow as well. Businesses that suffer from a data breach often don’t recover and end up closing their doors permanently.
Don’t Assume Your Business Is Fine
Keeping up with security requires constant attention. Combined with day-to-day technology issues, it could easily overwhelm any business even if you have an in-house IT department. More than once, we’ve been able to step in and rescue businesses that were on the brink of closing their doors as a result of hardware or security failures.
We Can Help
Most of those situations could have been prevented altogether with consistent security and hardware monitoring and regular evaluations. Our managed IT service provides just that. Your business gets a full IT department to monitor the infrastructure for security and stability. Additionally, a certified IT professional is only a phone call away for any day-to-day issues you encounter.
It’s been said that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. We think prevention is worth even more when it comes to cyber security. Get started by requesting a free consultation today.