Malware, ransomware, insider threats … because the list of potential Cyber Security threats continues to grow, most experts agree, it’s not a matter of if your company will suffer from a cyber attack, it’s a matter of when. Insurance companies are taking note: they’re toughening their underwriting standards and charging more for cyber liability insurance. In an age when no two threats are exactly alike, it is important to understand that different cyber security threats call for different security measures.
What Attacks You Should Be Checking For
This broad category encompasses spyware, viruses, trojans and worms. The common attribute is that all malware is developed solely to cause harm to computers, servers, or networks.
One of the most common types of malware that gets a lot of media attention, ransomware denies the victim access to their data until they pay a ransom to release it.
In a phishing attack, the criminal sends fraudulent emails containing malicious files or scripts to unsuspecting users. This type of attack exploits an organization’s point of vulnerability: its employees.
These attackers exploit network security vulnerabilities by inserting themselves between someone’s device and the network, thereby redirecting information to themselves rather than the legitimate destination.
By flooding a system, server or network with traffic and requests, denial-of-service attacks can incapacitate a system or even take it completely offline, preventing it from fulfilling legitimate requests.
In these attacks, the attacker uses social interaction and/or psychological manipulation to gain the trust of a human being, who then hands over login information or otherwise lets the attackers into the system.
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These are tools that control physical access to an organization’s IT systems, such as security teams, locked doors with managed access, biometrics, fences, video security, and the like.
Employee training for both in-office and remote workforces as well as company policies, hiring practices and background checks are examples of administrative tools companies can use to protect data.
Organizations should include several different types of data security technology tools, such as:
“We’re not only managing our clients’ information from our technology platform, but we’re also managing it from an integrity standpoint. Our clients see offline and air gaped backups as another safety check in their compliance, insurance and business continuity requirements to meet current and new government compliance needs.”
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