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What is a Cyber-Attack and How Can Your Business Stay Protected?

What is a Cyber-Attack and How Can Your Business Stay Protected?

Cybercriminals are mysterious and elusive, making the number of arrests for cybercrimes small. Understanding them is difficult because they hide in plain sight. Ultimately, if we all understand and utilize cyber-security, we stand a better chance of outing the attacks. In order to do this, you need to recognize the different types of cyber crimes that exist. 

The Most Common Cybercrimes Are:

  • Identity theft- This is the illegal use of someone else’s personal information to obtain money or credit
  • Phishing attacks- emails that collect personal and financial information or infect your machine with malware and viruses. Cybercriminals use legitimate-looking emails that encourage people to click on a link or open an attachment.
  • Imposter scams- an email or phone call seemingly from a government official, family member, or friend requesting that you wire them money to pay taxes or fees, or to help someone you care about.
  • Malware – disrupts, damages, and gains unauthorized access to a computer system.
  • Ransomware – denies access to a computer system and data until the victim pays a ransom. Ransomware typically spreads through phishing emails or by unknowingly visiting an infected website.

How You Can Prevent Cyber-Attacks

Without a doubt, the threat of a cyber-attack is real for everyone. Nearly half of all small businesses have suffered a cyber-attack in the past year. Small businesses are less likely to have strategies in place that ward off attacks.  Or they lack systems that can detect them early if they do occur; thus increasing the difficulty for businesses who wish to withstand the financial impact of a hack or breach. There are ways you can take to protect yourself. For example, having a security audit and risk assessment. A firewall is also a great first step. Risk assessments report your IT security gaps, ensuring that the company is secure from malicious attacks and critical data compromises. Firewalls can act as barriers to deter hacking attempts.

In addition, firewalls come in two forms. They can be logical, or physical. Logical firewalls, for instance, are usually built into an operating system. Typically, a server controls this type of firewall within a business environment. By comparison, a physical firewall is a network device that acts as the first point of entry for traffic entering a network. 

Conclusion

On the whole, it is imperative for your small business to be protected from cyber-attacks. There are many different types of cybercrimes that you could be a victim of. Cybercriminals will take the opportunity to commit these crimes if your devices are not secure. Here at #TechStarters, we are here to protect your business with cybersecurity. Call a Nerd to start with cybersecurity!

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