Biggest Security Threats


Security Threats IT pros Need to Know
October 27, 2015

Security Threats IT Pros Need to Know About

We are closing in on the end of the month of October which means that National Cyber Security Awareness Month is almost over. Cyber Security is so very important for companies, especially when you house client’s critical information on file. There are many different kinds of threats out there that clients, staff, and employers need to know about so they can take the right precautionary steps to securing their information. So, what are the biggest security threats you need to know about? Check out the list below for more information.

7. Mobile Adware

Adware is the most common, app-based mobile threat. Mobile ads are huge part of the mobile system today. These ads allow app developers to offer the app for free. Some of these ads can contain adware that can put your privacy at risk by capturing personal information without your permission.

6. Ransomware

Ransomware is a type of malware which restricts access to the computer system that it infects. It will encrypt a user’s data then ask for ransom payments to release the data. Ransomware attacks and targets are becoming more and more sophisticated. Attacks are happening on cloud-based storage solutions so extraction of data can be performed.

5. Critical Infrastructure Attack

A critical infrastructure attack is when a hacker targets one of the limited number of critical infrastructures that holds the assets, systems, and networks. These are so vital to the United States that their destruction would have an effect on national security threats, national economic security, national public health or safety or any combination. The biggest critical infrastructure attack has happen overseas, but that doesn’t mean that one on the US couldn’t happen.

4. Social Media

Social media, even though it is fun, can be full of scams and security threats. So many people are freely using social media now and putting all kinds of usable information online. Social media seems to be “trusted” so attackers are exploiting that with low cost and highly effective attacks. Some to look out for are: executive and company impersonations, account take overs, phishing and malware, customer scams, information leakage, clickbait attacks and hashtag/traffic hijacking.

3. Cloud Based

Cloud based solutions are having an increasing amount of attacks each and every year. Endpoints that use applications like dropbox, google drive, one drive, etc. are being targeted so they can exploit the user’s stored credentials and data.

2. Internal Cyber Threats

Some will say that internal attacks are the biggest threats facing your company. If you have a rogue employee, especially if it is someone who works in IT with knowledge of accessing networks, data centers, and admin accounts, they can do serious damage and destruction.

1. BYOD (Bring your own device)

BYOD, every company is talking about this now, and if you haven’t, I’m sure you will in the near future. Data theft is at high risk when employees are using mobile devices to share data and access company information. If employees are loose with their mobile securities there’s a bigger chance to come across adware, malware, Trojan software and much more.

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