Getting Ahead of Cyber Security Breaches by Traci Folse

September 5, 2017
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Cyber security breaches are on the rise. Criminals use a range of methods to trick, coerce, and steal data from businesses and individuals alike. In order to stay secure, you must get ahead of the criminals. This requires an understanding of the major threats in play today, preventative measures, and emergency plans.

Understand the Different Types of Security Breaches

Cyber security breaches take many forms. The most common form is probably malware, which may be designed to infect any computer it comes across. It can even be tailored to a particular target. Most users are familiar with some form of malware, particularly viruses and spyware. Without proper firewalls and antivirus protections, it’s easy to be infected.

Phishing schemes make up a substantial part of today’s security breach cyber-attacks. These clever scams send emails or other communications to a business’s employees, encouraging them to change their password, review a file, or perform some other function that will reveal ways into the system. Armed with this information, criminals can access the system and review all data available to their victim. Damage often goes undetected until the original phishing victim realizes their mistake. Other kinds of password attacks, where the criminal uses additional software to endlessly guess at the right combination, are still common, but phishing is often more successful.

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