8 Cybersecurity Threats Facing Businesses Today

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Cybersecurity threats are a major fear for businesses in this rapidly evolving digital era.  Every business should learn about cyber threats and take precautions as cyberattacks continue to increase.

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Phishing attacks are the most common and successful attacks. In this attack, cybercriminals trick users into providing sensitive information by sending fraudulent emails or messages that seem to be from legitimate sources.

Prevention: Educate employees about how to identify and avoid phishing attacks.

Phishing attacks

#1

Basically, ransomware encrypts or locks the system's files and then demands a ransom for its release. It is a type of malware.

Prevention: Regularly back up data and implement security measures such as firewalls and intrusion detection systems.

Ransomware

#2

A specific type of software called malware is created to harm or interfere with computer systems. 

Prevention: Use antivirus software, and implement security measures such as firewalls, IPS and IDS.

MALWARE

#3

Insider threats are a growing concern for businesses, as employees can intentionally or unintentionally compromise sensitive data.

Prevention:  Implement access control measures, monitor network activity, and educate employees on security best practices.

INSIDER THREATS

#4

Advanced persistent threats (APTs) are complex cyberattacks intended to avoid detection and go unnoticed for extended periods of time.

Prevention: Implement security measures such as firewalls, IPS, IDS, and security information and event management (SIEM) systems. 

ADVANCED PERSISTENT THREATS (APTS)

#5

Social engineering attacks involve manipulating individuals into divulging sensitive information or performing actions that compromise security. 

Prevention: Educate employees on how to identify and avoid these types of attacks.

Social engineering attacks

#6

DDoS attacks involve overloading a network or website with traffic in order to disrupt service. 

Prevention: Implement security measures such as firewalls and IPS/IDS, as well as to work with internet service providers to mitigate attacks.

DDos attacks

#7

A Zero-day is a vulnerability that is unknown and new to the vendors. These vulnerabilities can then be exploited by attackers.

Prevention: Regularly update software and firmware, use antivirus software, and implement security measures such as firewalls, IPS and IDS.

ZERO-DAY ATTACKS

#8

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