Cybersecurity: What You Need to Know & Why it Matters
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With that said, more and more we see businesses small and large increasing the use of data in the electronic form. While electronic data is obviously much more accessible and easier to use, it is also vulnerable to theft and corruption; perhaps more so than traditional physical data. A standard internet connection makes it possible for your data to be accessed, cloned, stolen and / or destroyed by someone without ever even seeing them coming or going. For this reason, cyber-security has become a forefront concern for businesses and organizations across the world.
What Does Cyber-Security Entail?
Cyber-security simply refers to the security of electronic devices, software, and the data they contain. Many organizations use tools such as anti-virus software, anti-malware software and network monitoring utilities to spot and stop attacks.
Size Doesn’t Matter When it Comes to Cyber Security
While big organizations tend to be common targets of cyber-security attacks, small organizations are not spared; and the lack of preparedness can be devastating for owners and managers of smaller organizations.
Cyber thieves and fraudsters know that many small businesses tend to let their guard down due to believing that they are insignificant and, therefore, not a target. Contrarily, this makes them common targets; and the damage can often be devastating without proper preparedness.
The Common Forms of Cyber Attacks
Cyber-attacks come in many forms, but we’ll take the time to discuss two major forms of cyber-attack that many organizations face regularly; sometimes daily.
- Phishing – This form of cyber-attack is relatively covert. Phishing is when a hacker creates an email, website, piece of software or hyperlink that poses as a legitimate website. From the attacker’s perspective, the goal is to have the victim comply with the fake email / website / software in order to install malicious software onto the machine or device. This software is commonly known as malware. Take a shot at Cisco’s phishing quiz to see whether you can spot the difference between a normal website and a phishing attempt.
- Malware – Software that is created with the intention of corrupting, stealing or locking away data on a device. Malware comes in many common forms that operate in many different ways; though they all have the same intention of stealing user data.
- Some common forms of malware include:
All of these forms of malware work in various ways to collect and / or corrupt user data.
Take Action Before Disaster Happens
Cyber-attacks can happen at any time and without any warning. For this reason, it’s vital to act before anything happens to reduce the risk of losing your electronic information.
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