In the world we live today, the internet has become part of every aspect of our lives be it work, finances, games, etc. It is true it has improved our connectivity and effectiveness but it has also exposed us to many threats and insecurities.
In the early days, business owners don’t have to do much concerning their cybersecurity strategy. A perimeter drawn to secure data and protect workers from leaving loopholes is just enough. However, since the late ’90s, cybersecurity has become a priority due to the advancement in technology.
To help you protect your business, this article is written to get you familiar with the cybersecurity threats that are trending in 2022. Knowing about these threats is the first step toward being safe from cyber attacks. Sit back and enjoy
Social Engineering Threats
Identity theft is one of the reigning hacking techniques through which cyber criminals access your data online. This is so because it is dependent on human error and vulnerability. It is an easy task to swindle humans compared to breaching an already configured system.
Emails and social media accounts are impersonated, thanks to artificial intelligence. Cybercriminals can now efficiently imitate looks and voices to bypass verification steps thereby gaining unhindered access to personal or business data on such accounts.
In addition, cybercriminals make you think they are helping you, they can pose to be a co-worker, friend, or family thereby requesting information to access a file, bank account, or other sensitive information.
No matter how strong a security setup is, it will never prevent an employee from sharing sensitive information like passwords and this is why social engineering attack is the most dangerous.
Security System Errors
Due to the instability caused by the pandemic and several other reasons ranging from financial stress to physical exhaustion, mistakes made by employees are on the rise thereby creating exploitable loopholes for cyber attacks.
Many professional security setups are prone to one or two errors during the installation of software. These errors are not usually intentional but incidental which may however be due to negligence or incompetence of the employees.
Such negligence includes mailing the wrong address, leaving work materials unattended in public areas, refusing to test security systems against all forms of breaches, communicating work information to friends and relatives, etc.
These and many more negligence due to security ignorance and incompetency of your employees can expose your business to different kinds of cyberattacks.
In this case, a hacker locks the victim’s computer or disallows access to the files and information therein. Then such a victim is required to make payment of the requested amount before access can be granted.
This may occur when you ignorantly visit unsecured sites or via phishing emails. The most annoying part is you may never gain access to your files again as there is no guarantee the hacker will grant you access even if you decide to make the payment.
This is maliciously designed software to purposely harm a computer system either by encrypting, stealing, or deleting data, hijacking key computer functions, or monitoring the activities of such a computer user.
Examples of malware are trojan horses, viruses, spyware, timeless ware, worms, bots, etc. malware can be transferred through USB, internet downloads, and external hard drives.
Poor Cyber Practices
Another form of cybersecurity threat is a lack of ideal cyber practices. Sometimes, security precautions may slow down productivity and you or your employees may be tempted to disable security functions for quick job delivery.
Furthermore, working remotely outside a secured network perimeter may as well make a company prone to cyber threats. Although virtual private networks (VPNs) may handle accompanying threats, they are not exactly infallible too.
As a result, using your home networks and public Wi-Fi networks to access the company’s important information may leave you exposed to cyber-attacks.
With many companies desperate to reach their potential customers around the globe, a threat actor comes in as a third-party provider and looks toward being established in such companies.
In the digital world of today, where a highly sophisticated and interconnected supply chain is the key to every organization’s success, it is easy for an attacker to get into an organization’s system and exploit any loophole available.
Such cybercriminals start by providing the services they promised you and once they are trusted, they compromise your company’s data and that of your customers and use it in the best possible way to suit their purpose.
The Cloud has influenced the way we operate our business, keep our data, and perform our everyday operations. It is a great invention that allows us to access our data and work from anywhere at any time.
The conventional belief is that the Cloud will become more secure in the long run, it is however the other way round. It was reported that in the last five years, cloud threats increased by 150%. Cloud has exposed us to some cyber threats, particularly in 2022.
There is an increase in malware delivered through cloud downloads. Also, Cloud data apps such as Dropbox and Google drive are easy to move data into and away from. This may not be so great in the sense that, sensitive data may be flowing out into the wrong hands even without the knowledge of the company.
With everyday breakthroughs in technology, Cloud is capable of making or sinking a company in the blink of an eye.
Stay On Top Of These Cyber Threats
Indeed, the list of these threats can’t be exhausted, however, we are confident that the above-discussed threats are the most common and dangerous cyber attacks you or your company might face.
Being familiar with these threats is one of the most important steps to curtailing them as much as possible. Indeed, no level of cybersecurity is 100% guaranteed beyond breaching, and this is due to attackers continually improving hacking techniques.
However, you don’t want to be the most susceptible to their attacks if you want to keep staying in business.