Many businesses these days know about cybercrime and think about it often. As a company operator or owner, if you don’t at least consider cyberthreats, you’re making a mistake. Downplaying or ignoring these threats can cost you in many different ways.
One error company owners make sometimes is thinking that their business is too small or doesn’t have enough of an online presence to attract cybercriminals. That is seldom the case, though. As it turns out, small companies are in just as much danger from these threats as larger, better-established ones.
There are entities that can help you with your online security concerns, and you certainly might want to contact one. The cost is negligible when you think about how much good they can do for you.
Let’s look at four kinds of cyberattacks that are on the rise. If you know about them, you’ll also understand how to counter them.
Malicious Website Usage
Malicious websites are one area that should immediately lead you to think about cybersecurity concerns. Someone would consider a website malicious if that site has malware, spyware, or any type of computer virus on there. When you visit that site, you invite these dangerous elements into your computer network, potentially compromising it.
There are different ways you might end up on a malicious website. The first way is that someone using your work network might type in the wrong URL. That can happen easily enough if they’re typing fast and not paying close attention.
They might also click on a link in an email someone sent that sends them to the unsafe site. Once there, the website will install a counterfeit executable program. It might also use a harmful Java or ActiveX component to infiltrate your proprietary software suite.
Having a strong antivirus program is the best way to combat this problem. It will block any of your workers from visiting the fraudulent or spammy site before they ever get there.
The “vishing” concept is not a new one, but it is rapidly becoming more prominent. With vishing, the attack comes over the phone, not through your computer, but the result can be the same.
An individual or entity calls your company and misrepresents themselves, acting like someone else. They often try to make the call recipient think they’re from a bank, the IRS, a credit card company, or a utility company.
They are trying to get the person to whom they are speaking to reveal personal or company information. If they call one of your workers, they might ask them for their full name, company contact points, credit card numbers, bank details, and more.
The more information they can get, the better they can penetrate your company’s computer network, posing as an employee. Make sure to warn your workers never to reveal any personal information over the phone to someone who calls.
Phishing attacks can be particularly insidious. The common ones utilize emails that ask for personal details, the same as a vishing attack does. The idea is the same: the individual or entity who sent the email is trying to get your workers to respond and send them valuable data they can use to infiltrate the company’s computer network.
“Phishing” is a more blanket term. Someone might send every person in your company the same email, hoping to snare someone. Spear phishing is the more targeted version, where the individual or entity will craft a fraudulent email and send it to one specific employee.
Notify your workers to watch out for phishing scams as well and to never reveal personal details via email to someone who reaches out to them unsolicited.
Social Engineering Attacks
The fourth variety we’ll mention, the social engineering attack, can seem persuasive if your worker is not ready for it. Someone will generally call them and act like a new client or customer. They’ll then start asking questions about the company’s computer system, who’s in charge there, etc.
If the person asking the questions sounds credible enough, your worker might answer some of them. The individual collecting that data will use it later, though, to attack your company’s computer network.
The best thing you can do to block social engineering attacks, and the other varieties we mentioned, is to regularly hold employee training seminars. Describe each cyberthreat in detail at those times. You should also have robust security measures, such as a firewall and two-factor employee authentication when logging in.