Businesses have started to widely adopt new technologies, both software and hardware, to streamline their operations, increase management efficiency and foster easy communication. While, on one hand, this practice can increase productivity and help businesses maintain a stable revenue stream, on the other, using all that tech exposes SMBs to cyber attacks.
When it comes to cybersecurity and SMBs, it’s important for companies to wage war on a threat that can potentially close their doors. But it’s impossible to wage war if you don’t know exactly who your enemy is. Don’t worry, we are here to help you, and introduce you to all the suspects of potential cyberattacks on SMBs in 2018.
Attacks Originating From the Official Website
There are a lot of SMBs that don’t pay enough attention to their official websites security. Unprotected and not regularly updated websites with a weak password policy in place are perfect backdoors for cybercriminals to enter.
After penetrating your security layers, a hacker can easily break into your website and infiltrate your server and all other machines connected to your intranet. From there, they can wreak havoc and carry out malicious activity until someone discovers it or a hacker locks you down to demand money.
This is why all the cybersecurity experts have the same advice for SMBs. The first tip would be to create and adopt a formal password policy. Followed by regular software and security solution updates and maintenance, and, in some instances, installing video surveillance in the server room and IT department.
Zero Day is Becoming Popular
While it may sound really fancy, Zero Day is anything but complex. The term describes how much time a software developer has after the vulnerability was discovered to make changes and protect the software users from becoming victims of a cyberattack.
This can happen quite easily if SMBs jump into rash decisions when purchasing new software from unreliable vendors. If you want to make sure not to fall victim to Zero Day, you have to check if the software vendor utilises routine penetration testing. In addition, business software vendors also do vulnerability scanning to identify software weak points before a hacker does.
It’s not by chance that the biggest software vendors organize ethical hacking events before a new software launch and update release.
Phishing is Still Here
While this attack is really a simple and old one, it still remains the nightmare for many SMBs. This is perhaps because hackers have become very sophisticated in their efforts. The modern emails containing fishing links and forms, totally resemble the ones that come from trusted and reputable sources.
When the hacker gets their hands on your employees’ critical data, your entire organization becomes exposed to an attack, which can have devastating consequences for a business that has just started to grow.
The only remedy for this attack is continuous employee education and training. You absolutely have to give your best to help your employees become better at identifying suspicious emails. The fact that 30% of phishing emails are still being opened is a sign that organizations have done something, but there is still a long way ahead of them.
Structured Query Language Injections
Structure Query Language (SQL) injections is definitely among the attacks with the most nefarious consequences to SMBs, especially ones that rely heavily on databases in their day-to-day operations. After a hacker uses a malicious code injection, it gets embedded in your database.
With this code in place, a hacker easily goes through your authentication protocols and security layers to manipulate your data or take full control of your systems and network. Basically, they can do whatever they please with all of your digital assets.
How does on prevent it? You absolutely have to consider using one of the top-notch firewalls on the market. Besides, you should also consider limiting access to your database to only several employees. Some SMBs also use SQL monitoring tools to identify injections and remove them before it’s too late.
Cybersecurity is still not able to inoculate your business and make it immune to cyber attacks. This is why you have to do your best to stay informed about the latest threats and follow the advice of cybersecurity experts. This is the only viable way to minimize the risk of such an attack.