Identifying the type of cybersecurity threats that you should be looking out for and creating business continuity plans around them will give you a good footing on which to base your business cybersecurity policies. The problem is, however, that these threats are constantly changing so you need to keep on top of the most prevalent ones at any time.
Your People and Social Engineering
Social engineering is usually the first thing most malicious actors will try to use to get as much information as they can. This involves targeting your employees and trying to persuade them to give up information about your company, it’s network and systems or even their user credentials. These actors often pose as company staff or maintenance staff, perhaps from the IT department. If they require physical access to your building, they might go as far as posing as air conditioning repair technicians or similar. Never assume that malicious actors won’t go to extreme lengths for what they need.
Your Company’s Password Policy
What makes a good password is something that is constantly evolving, depending on the technology and effectiveness of the tools designed to crack or brute force guess passwords. Until recently, it’s thought that the more complex the password (those making use of small and capital letters, numbers and symbols) make the best passwords, but new schools of thought think that the longer the password the better. Some companies might recommend frequent password changes, which can lead to your employees having to write their passwords down, causing a potential security issue, while others might never have their passwords expire. Two-factor authentication options are likely your best weapon against password compromise.
Malware and Malicious Software
Unsurprisingly, malware remains a threat to cybersecurity. It can be incredibly disruptive, and it can also highly compromise your network and IT systems, so planning to mitigate its effect with antivirus and network scanning tools as well as email filtering is imperative. Malware is getting smarter and more complex by the day and should be treated as an ever-evolving threat.
Email Phishing Attacks
More targeted than malicious software is email phishing or spear phishing, both designed to compromise user credentials, including passwords, by tricking users into supplying information. Your email filtering software or service should be checking for these phishing attacks and filtering out emails that can be a cause of this kind of security breach. This sort of protection should be provided by cybersecurity professionals like FWI, who are equipped with the expertise to assist.
Outdated Software and Bad Patch Management
It is telling how seriously a business takes the threat of cybersecurity by their patch management processes. Patches by their very design are released usually to fix flaws or bugs in software, and if this is software that can lead to a cybersecurity attack on your server or financial software, patches should be deployed quickly and proactively. Bad patch management can lead to security flaws that malicious actors will quickly exploit.
These are only some of the many threats facing businesses today in the realm of cybersecurity. Aim to educate your staff and plan to mitigate the threats by having strict and carefully thought out strategies for them.