- Impacts of Double Extortion Ransomware Attack on Enterprises and Mitigation - The ransomware attack has been present for a while, and security experts have fought it substantially. They have provided methods to decrease the prevalence of this attack on individuals and enterprises. However, the techniques of malicious actors are also evolving at the same pace to continue causing damage. In 2019, the world experienced a… Continue Reading
- Emerging H0lyGh0st Ransomware Tied to North Korea - Microsoft has linked a threat that emerged in June 2021 and targets small-to-mid-sized businesses to state-sponsored actors tracked as DEV-0530. Microsoft researchers have linked an emerging ransomware threat that already has compromised a number of small-to-mid-sized businesses to financially motivated North Korean state-sponsored actors that have been active since last year. A group tracked by… Continue Reading
- Mitel VoIP Bug Exploited in Ransomware Attacks - Researchers warn threat actors are using a novel remote code execution exploit to gain initial access to victim’s environments. Ransomware groups are abusing unpatched versions of a Linux-based Mitel VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) application and using it as a springboard plant malware on targeted systems. The critical remote code execution (RCE) flaw, tracked as… Continue Reading
- NSA, FBI warning: Hackers are using these flaws to target VPNs and network devices - Patch these network device flaws that have been used by state-sponsored attackers. The US is warning that hackers working for China have been exploiting publicly known flaws in network devices as part of broader attacks to steal and manipulate network traffic. The National Security Agency (NSA), Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and the Cybersecurity and… Continue Reading
- Healthcare industry cyber threats significantly on the rise - “Healthcare data breach: 2.4m records potentially exposed at Forefront Dermatology.” “Data breach may have compromised up to 68,000 Advocate Aurora Health patients’ info.” “Data Breach at UC San Diego Health.” “US medical imaging center reports possible data breach after emails ‘accessed’.” “Hackers Breach San Diego Hospital, Gaining Access to Patients’… Well, Uh, Everything.” “Ransomware attackers… Continue Reading
- Cloud computing security: New guidance aims to keep your data safe from cyberattacks and breaches - More businesses are moving to the cloud - and cyber criminals know on-demand IT can be an easy target if it's not secured properly. An increasing number of businesses are adopting cloud applications and services and that means cyber criminals are targeting these services. Now, new advice has been issued to help firms secure their… Continue Reading
- Terrible cloud security is leaving the door open for hackers. Here’s what you’re doing wrong - A rise in hybrid work and a shift to cloud platforms has changed how businesses operate - but it's also leaving them vulnerable to cyberattacks. Cloud applications and services are a prime target for hackers because poor cybersecurity management and misconfigured services are leaving them exposed to the internet and vulnerable to simple cyberattacks. Analysis… Continue Reading
- NSA report: This is how you should be securing your network - US spy agency NSA has given its most up-to-date guidance for protecting networks against attacks. The National Security Agency (NSA) has released a new report that gives all organizations the most current advice on how to protect their IT network infrastructures from cyberattacks. NSA's report 'Cybersecurity Technical Report (CTR): Network Infrastructure Security Guidance' is available… Continue Reading
- Ukraine crisis: Russian cyberattacks could affect organizations around the world, so take action now - Organizations that fell victim to NotPetya did so because they hadn't yet applied critical security updates, which were released months before and were designed to protect networks against EternalBlue. Meanwhile, cyber criminals and nation state-backed hackers continue to take advantage of security issues like the vulnerabilities in Microsoft Exchange, which received critical security updates last… Continue Reading
- White House warns: Do these 8 things now to boost your security ahead of potential Russian cyberattacks - Among other things, the White House is telling all businesses to enable multi-factor authentication. It's one thing for tech companies to urge users to enable multi- or two-factor authentication, but now the White House is urging all US organizations to do it because of potential cyberattacks ahead. Two-factor or multi-factor authentication (MFA) was a concept… Continue Reading
What are cybersecurity threats?
A cybersecurity threat is any malicious attack by an individual or organization to gain access to another individual’s or organization’s network to corrupt data or steal confidential information. Sometimes, the attacks destroy computer systems.
No company is immune from cyber attacks and the resulting data breaches. As cyber threats become increasingly sophisticated, businesses must ensure they implement the security necessary to safeguard their data and their networks.
However, before they can do that, organizations need to understand the types of threats they’ll be facing almost daily, including:
- Trojan: A type of malicious software (malware) or code that acts as a legitimate application or file to trick a user into loading and executing the malware on his device. A Trojan’s goal is to damage or steal an organization’s data or otherwise inflict some harmful action on its network.
- Virus: A malicious program aimed at infecting a company’s systems, destroying data and bringing its network to a standstill. A virus attaches itself to a program, file, or document and lies dormant until some event triggers the device to execute its code.
- Phishing attacks: A type of social engineering that attempts to trick users into bypassing normal cybersecurity practices and giving up sensitive data, such as user names and passwords, bank account information, Social Security numbers, and credit card data. Typically, hackers send out phishing scam emails that appear to come from trusted senders, such as PayPal, eBay, financial institutions, as well as friends and co-workers. The cybercriminals try to get users to click on links in the emails that will redirect them to fraudulent websites that ask for personal information or install malware on their devices. Opening attachments sent with phishing emails can also install malware on users’ devices, or allow the hackers to control their devices remotely.
- Ransomware is malicious software that infects your computer and displays messages demanding a fee to be paid in order for your system to work again. … It has the ability to lock a computer screen or encrypt important, predetermined files with a password.
- Distributed denial of service (DDoS): A DDoS attack aims to take down a company’s website by overwhelming its servers with requests. In this attack, requests come from hundreds or thousands of IP addresses that have probably also been compromised and tricked into continuously requesting a company’s website. A DDoS attack overloads an organization’s servers, slows them down significantly or temporarily takes them offline. This prevents customers from accessing the website and completing orders.