Is Your Business Immune To These 7 Threats
Today’s business climate is consistently changing. At one time you could set up shop, build a local customer base and do very well. Those days are gone and will not be back. Business today relies on a global community since there is more competition than ever. Even local customers are more apt to purchase outside of their own communities. This means companies must embrace the Internet, making sure their online presence is professional and easy to navigate. With the increased use of the Internet there come cyber threats which could expose sensitive company information.
It could be devastating to your company if your sensitive data is exposed or lost. With this in mind there are 7 Identified Threats your company must be aware of and take security measures to prevent.
- Malware. Malware can penetrate a computer's defenses without the owner’s knowledge. The malware can install software designed to capture passwords and other sensitive information which is passed to other websites. These websites are designed to steal the sensitive information and use it for criminal activities. Malware can also install viruses, worms and Trojan horses which can wreak havoc on your computer system.
- Web Browser Attacks. Cyber criminals understand Web browsers and e-mail have become an indispensable part of everyday business. This makes these systems an easy target for thieves to steal information. By using such tactics as antivirus pop-up ads, indicating your system is infected with a virus, they are able to convince you to download their program which installs the real virus.
- SQL Injection. Malicious code is inserted into strings which are passed to your website’s SQL server. This script allows hackers and thieves to take control of your website pages as well as stealing credit card and other private information and manipulating databases. This type of attack can ultimately destroy or compromise thousands of files or records.
- Configuration Management or PC Lockdown. This attack enables a hacker to enter the computer's configuration settings and causes the computer to lock up. This can cause the computer as well as its software to become corrupted, rendering it useless.
- Password issues. Unsecured passwords by employees can present a significant problem. This may allow others to login and do damage to your network's infrastructure. Employees using weak passwords which are easily exposed can allow others to enter the system as well.
- Wireless Security Issues. By using mobile technology such as smart phones, notebooks and other wireless devices can magnify security issues. Even though wireless connections are needed for these type connections it gives the network more exposure to threats. Security must be provided for the wireless network as well as individual devices which may be used on other unsecure networks elsewhere.
- Mobile Device Loss. The loss of a mobile device containing sensitive information and data can be detrimental. Over 95% of lost or stolen mobile devices are never recovered. Not having the ability to track or lock mobile devices which may have been lost or stolen can have dire consequences. Data encryption and location software can help to alleviate this problem.
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