Every business everywhere is at risk of a cyberattack, and no matter how small, how big, or how well protected it is against cybercriminals, there will always be a chance of it happening. This can be devastating and ruin your business, so there has to be a way to make sure that your business remains as well-protected and fortified as it possibly can.
There are some key ways that you can do this, and it is by making sure that you are well protected from the inside. This can also be making sure that you are putting your employees through the right training and ensuring that they are conscious of what kind of attacks there are or making sure that you are catering to negligent or malicious employees and what to do when you seek them out.
1. Be aware of SQL injection attacks
An SQL injection is when cyber criminals try and get ‘in’ to your website by entering SQL commands into places like contact forms or, more usually, the login boxes your workforce use to access files remotely. By doing this, they can try and find the data that is stored inside and gain entry that way. You won’t need to know exactly how it works to know that you need to keep your website updated to decrease the chances of this happening.
2. Become more knowledgeable about phishing attacks
Phishing attacks are one of the biggest threats to businesses. You will find that even the quite clearly obvious ones are sometimes able to slip through. A lot of these require either to be part of a very convincing email or require human error to get in. Either way, they can be dangerous and can take advantage of your employees.
This is why you should be thinking about putting them through end-user training to make sure that they are a little bit more cognizant of the day-to-day threats that they might be facing. This can help you become more aware of what might be happening within your business.
You should also be investing in protection against these viruses by looking into certain services that might suit your business to help you combat an attack. For example, one that you should definitely be investing in is Ransomware Protection, which can help you if you are a victim of a ransomware attack.
3. The threat of negligent or malicious employees
Having negligent or malicious employees is incredibly dangerous to your business. It creates a threat from the inside, especially if you employ a worker with malicious intentions, for example, as they are being paid to get into your company to bring down your business from the inside, or even worse, going straight for you in a highly planned whaling or spear-phishing attack.
A negligent employee is just as dangerous as a malicious employee but in a far different way. A negligent employee might simply be someone who is a bit tired because their kids kept them up the night before feeling poorly, and now they are making a couple of mistakes. On the other hand, it could be a lazy employee who can’t really be bothered to do their job properly (although this happens more rarely). This might result in them leaving things unlocked, exploiting loopholes that make their job easier, or just being a bit of a burden to those they work with, which decreases the morale of those around them.
4. Beware of man-in-the-middle attacks
Even with all of this in place, there is one further attack you need to be aware of, and like SQL injection, it’s not something that is widely known. A man-in-the-middle attack is a cyber-criminal who will try and intercept the transfer of data between you and the system they are using. One example of this would be hacking into the public Wi-Fi at a coffee shop where your employee is working and accessing the data like login information that way.