Common cybercriminals and techniques to prevent a data breach.


In today’s society, we are more exposed whenever online. As technology advances, so do the strategies of hackers and crackers. Cybercriminals are getting smarter – so we have to be prepared. Understanding the types of cybercriminals and their techniques can help protect your organization from a data breach. Here are the top three common threats and steps that a business can take.


The Hacker

Many data breaches involve leveraging weak, default or stolen passwords. Malware poses a serious threat to anyone and any organization as it captures keystrokes from an infected device. Nevertheless, strong passwords are the first line of defense against hackers. In addition to this, use multi-factor authentication, keep software up to date, and change your passwords seasonally.


The Phisher

An email can appear as if from a legitimate sender, but actually contain malicious attachments or links that give spear phishers access to banking credentials, trade secrets, and other information that they are able to access. Companies should have employee training that prepares employees to recognize and respond to malicious phishing attempts. It’s also wise to set up strong authentication between the network and important data.


The Ransom Artist

Ransom attacks are usually poorly acted but continue to trip up many companies. Unfortunately, most companies pay the ransom, often via anonymous bitcoin payments, to have their data restored. The businesses that fall victim to ransomware attacks are usually the ones not following information security rules about encryption and frequent backups.


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