The modern world of work is now accessible from anywhere - it is this fact that has made the cyber security of your organisation more important than it ever has been before. Our reliance on tech has only grown over recent times, but unfortunately our knowledge of IT and the security measures we need to take hasn’t grown simultaneously. It is essential that your team have at the very least a basic understanding of cyber security – with this knowledge they will be able to navigate the cyber landscape safely. Most small to medium businesses don’t take the cyber security of their organisation seriously enough, often leaving their levels of cyber security severely lacking as a result.
It is common practice when leaving the office to check the windows and doors are locked - you do this to protect your assets, so why don’t you defend your cyber landscape with the same intensity?
Internet connected devices are now staples of the day to day lives for most of us. Criminals have noticed this growth in reliance and have seized the opportunity to take advantage. Most cyber criminals have a level of technical prowess that dwarfs the average internet user – but that doesn’t mean you have to accept your fate: take action, put up a fight and protect your systems the best you can - it is, after all, your livelihood they are targeting.
As we have already said, a poorly educated staff team is one of the key reasons that cyber attacks are successful. Throughout the following two articles we will educate you and your team to ensure your business is able to progress into a cyber secure future.
We will now highlight some of the methods that cyber criminals use to gain access to your crucial systems. In the follow up articles we will explore some of the fundamentals of cyber security - once you are familiar with them you will have the knowledge to defend your systems against all manner of cyber attacks.
The methods of attack
Ransomware works by encrypting the data on your system, then once having successfully done that it will deny you access. The cyber criminal – with control of your data – will then demand a ransom for its safe return – this makes it a particularly frustrating attack; your data is right there on your system, but you just can’t access it. The cyber criminal will then use various tactics in an attempt to force you into paying the ransom quickly, which they do by setting tight deadlines on when the ransom needs to be paid. They do this by threatening to delete or, even worse, distribute your sensitive data.
It is tempting to pay them and end the nightmare. Unfortunately, this probably won’t be the outcome - do you think a criminal will just hand you access back and leave you be? Paying could be more disastrous than not! Doing so simply broadcasts the fact that you are not only willing to pay but also financially able to. With this knowledge cyber criminals will likely ask for more money.
A Phishing attack involves a criminal posing as someone else in fake/ fraudulent emails, The cyber criminal is trying to gain access to your systems in order to sell or distribute your data.
The Phishing Emails are a vessel for malicious links – these links are what make the attack possible. The cyber criminal will assume a false identity to make the recipient feel at ease – they usually choose an entity or person with power, that can be trusted.
The cyber criminal then introduces pressure – similarly to a Ransomware attack, it is this pressure that often leads to an attack being a success. The cyber criminal will create some sense of urgency with a fake link offering to take you straight to the resolution to your problem, or if posing as an entity like your bank they will say something such as ‘Confirm your identity and click this link within three minutes or your account will be permanently locked’. Cyber criminals structure the message in such a way that creates panic and forces you to make a rash decision without asking for a second opinion. Then, once having clicked it, it’s too late - the attack has been completed and the damage is already done.
Malware devastates your business! Its main aim is to steal your data, but it is designed with the intention of causing damage, destruction, and chaos on your system. Malware is uniquely managed by a group of cyber criminals rather than just one person. The group makes the software to either sell on the Dark Web for others to use, or to use it themselves.
The methods that cyber criminals use to attack your systems are constantly evolving. With knowledge on the most common forms of cyber attack your team can feel confident that they are defending your system in the correct way – securely! It is vital that you purchase, implement, and maintain the right tools in order to protect your business. In the following article we will highlight what those tools are, or, if you would prefer, you can get in contact with our IT support team today and allow us to bear the burden for you.
Value from your tools
BCNS makes business easier and more cost-effective by guaranteeing that you and your team are always connected to each other and your clients. We can also guarantee that your team are using the latest version of every application to ensure that your systems are secure, and you are getting the best possible benefits from your tech. Our team of experts will assist you throughout the transition and beyond to be sure you achieve exactly what you desire. At the same time we can reduce your expenses and improve your security as well as performance! Contact us now and find out how we can help you with your business communications and move into a more productive future.