What Your Employees Should Know About Cyber-Attacks

No one is safe from cyber-attacks. If your employees are not educated regarding this situation, they might be putting your business at risk. 

The best solution to such a threat is proper education about the subject. If your employees know what precautions to take and look out for, cyber-attack tactics of trickery won’t fool them. Do you want to educate your employees about safeguarding against these risks? Here is a list containing some common ways cyber-attacks are utilized.

1. Phishing

Phishing is one of the many ways an attacker might use to get their hands on sensitive information from unfortunate victims. Phishing targets usernames, passwords, credit card information, and other forms of credentials. They fool the victim by forging an email that looks genuine and getting them to click on a malicious link. From that link, they either unknowingly download a virus or enter their credentials on a seemingly simple page. Phone calls, text messages, and other social media tools can also be used by these attackers to get you to give your information to them.

There are different examples of Phishing: 

Clone Phishing

The attacker will clone an existing email you have and replicate it but will link it to a malicious page instead.

Spear Phishing

Using your personal information, the attacker will send a customized email to make it look genuine.

Whaling

The attacker will target a high-level employee, such as an executive and create an “important” conversation.

2. Malware

Malware is malicious software that invades a computer or a computer system to cause damage or destruction. Malware often spreads through a network when an employee unknowingly clicks a malicious link and downloads it into the computer. Once that computer is connected to your system, the malware will do its job and infect the network.

There are different examples of Malware:

Spyware:

As the name suggests, it sits in your hard drive and quietly transmits any information it has acquired.

Ransomware:

Probably one of the most expensive malware, ransomware locks essential parts of your network. That piece of the system will be inaccessible unless the ransom is paid.

Viruses:

Viruses interact with system components by disrupting and slowing down the operating system.

Trojan Viruses:

Like the story of the Trojan Horse, these viruses look like friendly software. Before you know it, your system is compromised and sensitive data stolen, blocked, or even deleted.

Worms:

Worms multiply in numbers, hogging your network resources, and slowing down the system. 

3. Denial-Of-Service

Denial-of-Service Attacks (DDOS) works by flooding a server with requests that lead to nowhere. This steals the server’s resources trying to address the demands and locating the addresses. Legitimate users suffer as their requests get put off and the overall performance of the server worsens.

There are different ways to perform a DDOS attack. Either they flood your network to slow it down, or they can disturb the connection between two computers. Additionally, they can block a service, rendering it inaccessible by a user.

Though there are many ways an attacker can get to your information, hope is not lost. Start early and educate your employees. Teach them of the dangers of cyber-attacks and the methods of which they can utilize to stay safe. As employees become more aware, your business will significantly be less prone to a cyber-attack.

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