5 Biggest Cyber Security Vulnerabilities Facing Your Small Business

Businesses are growing more competitive. Threats of hackers altering, stealing or destroying information systems have increased. Safety of information is the number one priority given an increased market size.

Hackers have come up with new strategies to compromise and defraud businesses. How do we prevent tomorrow’s challenges? Understanding the vulnerabilities of cyber security is one way of prevention – knowledge is power (as they say).

Here are some of the top cyber security vulnerabilities to look out for.

Phishing Attacks

Hackers use this technical trickery to gain access to your personal information. A majority of cyber-attacks start this way. Attackers send an email with an attachment or a link to an unknown website.
Emails often appear credible because attackers take time to research about their targets.

One way to reduce the risks of spear phishing is by analyzing email headers before opening. A credible IT service provider who hosts emails will help reduce these attacks.

Most providers manage the users’ domain which includes security authentication and filtering.

Attack on Passwords

Passwords are secret characters that ensure that only specific user(s) have access to their data. Nowadays, it has become simple to guess a password based on their name, job or title.

A habit most people have is using the same password over different sites. An attacker then logs into a site and uses an unknown internet address then deleting the victims’ password.

Eavesdropping Attack

An attacker obtains users details by intercepting network traffic. Attackers detect information by listening to a message through the network. They also send queries to transmitters by disguising as someone friendly.

An example, when a home buyer is about to close on their home, they might get an email that looks like it is from the title company requesting the down payment to be wired over. Usually, attackers using this type of scam have been monitoring someone’s email box.

Malware Attack

Have you ever experienced a crash in your Microsoft Word or Excel? It may have been a malware attack. The most common types of malware attacks are:

File Infectors

Happens when an unwanted software installs itself in your system. In most cases, it happens without your knowledge. These viruses can also install themselves when using .exe files. When loading the executable files, the code attaches itself and infects the system.

Stealth Virus

Operates by concealing itself from an anti-virus. It then reports an infected area as uninfected.

Spyware

Collects user’s information without consent and sends it to a remote user. Many users have installed it without knowing by installing an application on their system.

Internal Attacks

A company’s employees are the biggest vulnerability to security. First, the criminal disguises themselves as legal use of the system. Having gained the trust and unlimited access, they steal confidential user’s information.

Employees generally have prevalent access to digital tools at their work-spaces. They can use this to steal data and go unnoticed. Employees who are not monitored cause around 60% of cyber security vulnerabilities.

Understanding Cyber Security Vulnerabilities

Attackers have come up with many ways of gaining unauthorized access to data. You need to protect your business from these network vulnerabilities by taking preventive action.

The financial sector faces a 65% higher computer threat than any other industry. Employee training, firewall configuration, strong passwords and updating anti-viruses can help moderate them.

Contact us to keep your business safe and deal with these cyber security vulnerabilities.

FBI Warns of ATM “Jackpotting” Threat

About a week ago, some scary information started making the rounds.  The Telegraph reported that the FBI had issued warnings that there would potentially be a hacking attacking on ATMs worldwide.  There was a threat that hackers would be unleashing a “jackpotting” attack, and that millions of dollars were at risk.  The time-frame of that particular warning may have passed, but the general concern remains as such attacks will doubtlessly occur in the future.

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Malware 101

In our previous post we discussed the Russian malware known as VPNFilter.  In this post we figured we should pull back a little and give you a rundown on malware in general.  You’ve probably heard lots of terms associated with malware – viruses, rootkits, Trojans, etc, – but maybe you don’t understand how they’re related.  We’ll try to clear that up.

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Russian Malware and Protecting Your Business

Hello Internet! We’re reopening our blog, and we figured a good place to start would be a discussion of a current event. In this post we’ll be discussing why the FBI has asked people to reboot their routers. The reason? A bit of Russian malware called VPNFilter.

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Business Security and Your Anti-Virus Software

When you’re the owner of a business, one of the most important aspects is making sure that the workplace is secure. Not only is it important that you educate your employees on the dangers of cyberspace, for example, but you need to be sure you’re doing your part as well. Don’t share you password(s) with anyone, and always make sure to keep them updated. With that said, do you have anti-virus software installed as well? It’s one of the most efficient ways to protect a business.  Here are some important tips to consider when using it. Continue reading “Business Security and Your Anti-Virus Software”

Securing Wireless Networks

Undoubtedly, Wi-Fi has made it very easy for organizations to connect to the Internet from a number of devices, such as desktops, laptops, tablets, and mobile phones. While Wi-Fi networks are certainly more convenient than wired networks, Wi-Fi networks do pose a greater security risk. Here are a few tips that will help you secure your organization’s Wi-Fi networks. Continue reading “Securing Wireless Networks”

How a VPN can add to your business security

Being able to work from home is a wonderful benefit for employees and can keep them productive while reducing their stress.  It can also be a data security risk if not handled properly. Fortunately, if you have a local network, it’s not very hard to bring telecommuters into it. A network with this capacity is called a Virtual Private Network (VPN). Continue reading “How a VPN can add to your business security”

Why are software updates important?

When you are working on your business laptop or desktop you will receive prompts to install software updates(also known as a patch.)  These annoying pop-up notifications interrupt work and productivity, so many wish to ignore them. These updates provide fixes, patches and enhancements to make your programs and operating systems run more smoothly. More importantly, they keep your business network more secure. Continue reading “Why are software updates important?”

4 Ways to Avoid Data Breaches

In the current era of data, we face an ongoing risk of data loss, be it through hacking or system failures. The data you hold on your computer systems is crucial for your business; as such, it is critical that you protect yourself against data breaches and data loss. Continue reading “4 Ways to Avoid Data Breaches”

The Benefits of Using a Network Proxy Server

One way to reduce the risks associated with business Internet activities is to use a network proxy server. A proxy server can be considered as the guardian of your network. It sits between your internal and external network servers and works to filter and monitor incoming and outgoing traffic.

What do Proxy Servers Do?

Caching: Proxy servers can download and store local copies of any web pages that you frequently visit. This is known as caching. They also monitor the pages on an ongoing basis and automatically update the cached version when the live form of the page is modified, making the cached version always up to date. Cached versions of web pages can be accessed anytime without being online; and as such, caching is a valuable method of enhancing your Internet speed and reducing bandwidth usage.

Content Filtering: In some cases, you may wish to have more control over which websites your employees access on the internet. For example, you may be concerned about your staff spending time on social media when they should be engaged in company activities. In these cases, you can use a proxy server to determine the content users can access within your network. Other examples of content that may be filtered in this way are gaming websites and entertainment portals.

Monitoring: In addition to controlling browsed content, you may also wish to monitor your employees’ online behaviors; for example, the emails that are sent, the websites they connect to, and the chat messages they exchange. You can use a proxy server to track incoming and outgoing information on your network from a single location.

Privacy: Users within the local network can connect to an external web page via the proxy server as opposed to creating a direct connection. As such, any requests that are filtered through the proxy server appear to be coming from that server and not your internal network. This allows users within your network to connect anonymously to the Internet, which enhances your business security.

Every modern-age business should make full use of proxy servers to protect business assets and maximize productivity. If you’re interested in exploring the option of adding a proxy server to your network, call us and we will be happy to talk about it.

Does your business have a problem with wasted employee time due to unauthorized web surfing or down time due to viruses?  We can help!  Contact us…