Trending IT Security Threats Autumn 2018: Is Your Company Cyber Secure?
[Update on IT Security Trends 2018]
As Summer draws to a close, September marks the beginning of Autumn, a busy period for most companies. With most employees now back from their holidays, businesses are now in full swing with major projects and tasks underway, hoping to end the year on a high note.
But this could all change in an instant. A security breach could lead to one large financial or data loss that could seriously impact a small or medium sized business. With this in mind we look back at what the prevalent types of cyber-attack have been in 2018.
Individuals are the weak point for any security system
What attacks have been popular in 2018 and how are businesses vulnerable?
“98% of attacks rely on social engineering”
Social engineering aims to influence your actions through deceit and manipulation in order to gain access to your computer system. These can be through E-mails, phone calls and texts, etc. and increase the sense of urgency of a matter and trust in a supposedly official sender.
The threat landscape is ever evolving, with hackers constantly creating new types of ransomware or finding new weaknesses to exploit. Security experts are adept at responding to the threats and helping protect organisations large and small. One thing is evident within the threat landscape, we individuals are the weak point for any security system.
Trending threats in 2018
As defence mechanisms continue to improve, the profitability of traditional ransomware attacks is decreasing. This has prompted a shift towards non-traditional attacks. Attacks are most likely to be targeted at senior managers and high-profile executives.
- Firstly, Email attacks are still the number one threat with phishing becoming increasingly sophisticated
- Secondly, Data loss from unencrypted devices (subject to GDPR fines)
- Thirdly, Data breaches through poor security networks
How do your employees put you and your business at risk?
James Beswick, Co-Founder of Indevelo claims that the majority of security breaches are often related to staff and procedural failures.
Whether with malicious intent or not, there are many ways employees can threaten your business:
- Lack of security awareness
- Data breaches
- Falling for E-mail scams
- Uploading work documents to personal cloud storage systems
- Installing web applications without consultation
- Sharing login credentials
- Weak passwords and infrequent password updates
From high-risk to cyber-secure: What can you do to mitigate the risks?
Human error is our biggest vulnerability when facing cyber crime. Therefore, adopting and encouraging behavioural change is the best form of defence in this area.
Training yourself and employees is the best defence for mitigating the risk of a cyber-attack. We offer our clients Security Awareness Training. The programme is integrated into every day working life and it will help increase your team’s knowledge of potential threats. Therefore the overall threat risk is reduced.
Don’t wait to be attacked, act now to protect you and your business!
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