Cyber security attacks are on the rise worldwide. Without proper precautions, your customers’ most sensitive information could be at risk including tax file numbers (TFNs), addresses, telephone numbers, email addresses, telephone numbers, employment and income information and more. A data breach such as those suffered by top companies including JP Morgan Chase, Target, Home Depot and others could potentially comprise the personal information of millions.

Let’s take a look at 6 of the most common types of cyber security attacks your business will face.

6 most common types of cyber security attacks

1. Malware
Malware is a general term referring to a great host of cyber security threats such as computer viruses, Trojans and worms. Malware is always considered malicious in nature and designed to steal data or destroy computer files. Preventing malware is often best achieved by educating your employees to never click on links from unknown sources or to open email attachments from unknown senders. Making sure to install the latest security updates from your computer’s manufacturer will also help keep Malware threats to a minimum.

2. Phishing
Phishing emails are often disguised as coming from legitimate sources. The email may contain a company logo and look very authentic. However, when the user clicks on the link, they are taken to a phony website that asks for a password and a user’s personal information such as an account number and bank account information. Always call and verify with the company that they have sent out the email before giving up any personal information or clicking on a link that could potentially download harmful malware to your computer.

3. Password Stealing
Information thieves have become sophisticated in their tactics and may possess sophisticated software designed to crack your password. Once an intruder has stolen your password and gained access to your computer, he can install and run harmful software on your computer and potentially steal all your passwords, gaining access to email accounts, bank accounts and all your most personal and sensitive information.

4. Denial-of-Service (DOS)
This type of attack results in an interruption of service to the user network. The attacker forces high volumes of data through the network until it overloads and will not function. A user’s computer will often “freeze up.” This is accomplished by the attacker accessing and using multiple computers to overload a network. Your computer can be hi-jacked and used in one of these attacks without your knowledge. This attacks can be quite serious such as attacks again governments and other protests.

5. Downloads
Even if you visit a legitimate website, there could still be code implanted there that will and download itself and infect your computer. These types of downloads are designed to exploit vulnerable operating system and out-of-date programs such as Adobe or Java. This can also happen when you install a browser Plug-in or Add-on so be very careful before doing so—you could leave yourself very vulnerable to malware being downloaded to your computer.

6. Rogue Software
You’ve no doubt seen this pop-up when visiting a familiar website that tells you a security update must be installed and your computer has been infected by a virus. You then download the security software (designed to look legitimate) which can install a potentially deadly computer virus infection your files and stealing your personal information. One precaution is to make sure your firewall is updated and will block these types of pop-ups from your computer.

With so much at stake, you need to make sure you have the right tools to ward off any potential cyber security threats. If your business is in need of a cyber security strategy, you can speak to the experienced team at Stanfield IT on 1300 910 333.

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