1. 𝐒𝐨𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐥 𝐄𝐧𝐠𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠
Social engineering is still one of the most dangerous hacking techniques used by cybercriminals, owing to the fact that it relies on human error rather than technical flaws.
Cybercriminals can circumvent security systems by hacking into less-secure networks owned by third parties with privileged access to the hacker’s primary target.
3. 𝐂𝐨𝐧𝐟𝐢𝐠𝐮𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐌𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐤𝐞𝐬
Even professional security systems are likely to have at least one flaw in how the software is installed and configured.
4. 𝐏𝐨𝐨𝐫 𝐂𝐲𝐛𝐞𝐫 𝐇𝐲𝐠𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐞
“Cyber hygiene” refers to routine technology-related habits and practices such as avoiding unprotected WiFi networks and implementing safeguards such as a VPN or multi-factor authentication.
5. 𝐂𝐥𝐨𝐮𝐝 𝐕𝐮𝐥𝐧𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐛𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐞𝐬
One might expect the cloud to become more secure over time, but IBM reports that cloud vulnerabilities have increased 150% in the last five years.
6. 𝐌𝐨𝐛𝐢𝐥𝐞 𝐃𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐜𝐞 𝐕𝐮𝐥𝐧𝐞𝐫𝐚𝐛𝐢𝐥𝐢𝐭𝐢𝐞𝐬
Another effect of the COVID-19 pandemic was an increase in mobile device usage. Remote users not only rely more heavily on mobile devices, but pandemic experts have also encouraged the widespread adoption of mobile wallets and touchless payment technology to limit germ transmission.
7. 𝐈𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐧𝐞𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐬
Because of the pandemic-caused shift away from the office, more than a quarter of the American workforce has brought their work into the home, where 70% of households have at least one smart device.
While ransomware attacks are not a new threat, they have become significantly more expensive in recent years: the average ransom fee increased from $5,000 to $200,000 between 2018 and 2020.
9. 𝐏𝐨𝐨𝐫 𝐃𝐚𝐭𝐚 𝐌𝐚𝐧𝐚𝐠𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐭
Data management entails more than simply keeping your storage and organization systems in order. To put things into perspective, consumer data doubles every four years, but more than half of that new data is never used or analyzed.
10. 𝐈𝐧𝐚𝐝𝐞𝐪𝐮𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐏𝐨𝐬𝐭-𝐀𝐭𝐭𝐚𝐜𝐤 𝐏𝐫𝐨𝐜𝐞𝐝𝐮𝐫𝐞𝐬Security flaws must be patched as soon as possible after a cybersecurity attack. In a 2021 survey of 1,263 companies that had been targeted in a cybersecurity breach, 80% of victims who paid the ransom said they were soon attacked again.