The world of cyber security is hard to defend because of its very complex constitution. For the user, the multiplex nature of an IT network is its greatest advantage, but for the cyber security officer, it’s its greatest risk. With so many threat factors to pay attention to and prepare defense mechanisms for, detecting a cyber attack is quite challenging. Here are 5 things that make it hard to do.
Nowadays, practically a day doesn’t go by that we haven’t been reluctantly informed of another breach in data security. Sensitive information belonging to millions of users is constantly at risk and it seems like even the big players like Facebook and Google (and by extension, the little guys) haven’t been able to keep security on a satisfactory level. In turn, we – the users – have been informed of said security breaches after quite some time has passed and kindly asked to change our login information. Which begs the question, is it so difficult to detect a cyber attack? And why exactly?
Making the headlines more and more often, cyber attacks have become part of our everyday existence. Equifax, Verizon, Shadow Brokers, WannaCry, NotPetya, Locky, Bad Rabbit – they are no longer funny names for scary new cyber threats no one knows quite enough about, but cautionary tales about companies failing to monitor and protect their networks as well as users neglecting basic security hygiene.
But first, how to know your company is in grave danger out there?
Cyber attacks long ago stopped being the stuff of elaborate Sci-Fi movie plots so much so that they cannot even be called isolated events anymore. In 2018, cyber attacks are long-term campaigns by attackers who are honing their mad skills every single day and using a sophisticated combination of social engineering and technical skills to infiltrate your IT network and gain access to your confidential personal and business assets. (Read why your business needs cyber security in one of our other blog posts.) Moreover, as their prowess improves, the number of cyber attack prevention instruments decreases. One anti-malware program won’t protect you and your business from nefarious actions, no matter how good. Now you need an entire cyber security strategy in place.
Cyber security threats are on the rise, we all know that, right? But do you know what the greatest threat to your business is in terms of cyber security? Employees! It doesn’t matter if you are an international high tech company or a florist from Small Town, Canada – you need to educate your employees on what the dangers of your company’s presence in cyberspace are. Take a look at our new infographic for 10 tips on making your employees care about cyber security and protect the company in the process, as well.
Unless you’ve been living off the grid (even if you haven’t), you must have heard of viruses, ransomware and scareware, right? You know that they can ruin not only your online, but also offline resources, correct? Well, if that’s the case, then you have no excuse not to get protection from the devastating effects cyber threats can have on your business. We have broken down how different types of malware work and what is the best protection against each. Take a look at our new infographic!
It’s becoming more and more difficult to protect your company in the age of cyber threats. As network environments grow in size and complexity, so do the new attack options, all the while costing business owners billions of dollars in implementing successful security measures. To help you in that endeavour, we have come up with 5 cyber threats every security leader should prepare their organization for in 2018.