The increase of cyberattacks worldwide has forced organizations to learn more about protecting their business data. Cybercriminals are growing in sophistication, and so executives must stay informed regarding the new methods hackers are using to steal data.
The following will discuss the top three data threats and five steps to take for securing your company’s business data. Consult with an experienced and expert managed services provider (MSP) regarding strengthening your IT security for the best results.
Typically downloaded into a computer without the user’s knowledge, malware is capable of accessing personal data, monitoring activity, and opening backdoors for unauthorized entries. A backdoor can make it possible for cybercriminals to carry out a massive data breach. State-of-the-art malware can function in the background and go undetected by company personnel without sophisticated antivirus solutions that are updated. Companies must take the initiative about providing protection for the devices their employees use.
2) Human Error
Data breaches are growing in number year after year, and small and medium enterprises are often targeted because they are perceived as softer targets by cybercriminals. If its data is unsecured on servers, networks, and devices, a company will be much more susceptible to hacking. Although technical means are used to steal data, it is human error that is the primary cause for security breaches involving data. Falling for scams employing social engineering, using weak passwords, and carelessly downloading malware are all mistakes employees make.
Cybercriminals disguise themselves as trustworthy entities typically via e-mail to carry out a phishing attack. Phishing fraudulently obtains sensitive data like usernames, passwords, and credit card information. For example, there is an epidemic of phishing attacks every tax season in the United States. Hackers obtain corporate e-mail addresses or create fake ones that mimic legitimate company e-mails. About 120,000 people annually are potential victims of identity fraud through phishing scams that obtain their W-2 information.
Part 2 will discuss five steps for securing your company’s business data.
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