What Is A Cyber Attack? And How To Prevent It
A cyber attack is the deliberate exploitation of computer systems, networks, and technology-dependent enterprises. Cyber-Criminal uses malicious code to compromise your computer, logic or data and steal, leak or hold your data hostage. A cyber attack is also known as a computer network attack (CNA).
Here’s some examples of common cyber attacks and types of data breaches:
- Identity theft, fraud, extortion
- Malware, phishing, spamming, spoofing, spyware, trojans and viruses
- Stolen hardware, such as laptops or mobile devices
- Denial-of-service and distributed denial-of-service attacks
- Breach of access
- Password sniffing
- System infiltration
- Website defacement
A cybercriminal may steal, alter, or destroy a specified target by hacking into a susceptible system. Cyber threats can range in sophistication from installing malicious software like malware or a ransomware attack.
Preventing cyber attacks can take different forms. From creating strong passwords to using sophisticated cybersecurity software.
Always Choose Secure Passwords
Ensure every level of your organization uses strong passwords and password managers to reduce the threat of a leaked or cracked password resulting in unauthorized access. Further, educate your employees about phishing scams and not downloading email attachments from unknown senders.
Backup Your Data
With a secure backup and audit trail for all key business information, you won’t know whether there has been a data breach or unauthorized access or changes to your data.
Install a Firewall
Putting your network behind a firewall is one of the most effective ways to defend yourself from any cyber attack. A firewall system will block any brute force attacks made on your network and/or systems before it can do any damage, something we can help you with.
Always Enable Automatic Updates
Often cyber attacks happen because your systems or software aren’t fully up to date, leaving weaknesses. Hackers exploit these weaknesses so cybercriminals exploit these weaknesses to gain access to your network. Once they are in – it’s often too late to take preventative action.
To counteract this, it’s smart to invest in a patch management system that will manage all software and system updates, keeping your system resilient and up to date.
Ensure Endpoint Protection
Endpoint protection protects networks that are remotely bridged to devices. Mobile devices, tablets and laptops that are connected to corporate networks give access paths to security threats. These paths need protected with specific endpoint protection software.
Secure Your Wi-Fi Connections
Wi-Fi is one entry-point hackers can use to get into your network without setting foot inside your building because wireless is much more open to eavesdroppers than wired networks, which means you have to be more diligent about security. But there’s a lot more to Wi-Fi security than just setting a simple password. Investing time in learning about and applying enhanced security measures can go a long way toward better protecting your network.