Cyber-attacks, hacks, and data breaches have become increasingly common in recent years. No one is safe from the ever-growing cyber threat landscape, whether they are large corporations or startups. While it is impossible for businesses to keep track of all cyber-attacks, it is critical that they stay up to date on the history of attacks and learn from their own and others’ mistakes.
𝗧𝗮𝗸𝗲𝗮𝘄𝗮𝘆 1: 𝗣𝗵𝗶𝘀𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗻𝘂𝗲𝘀 𝘁𝗼 𝗴𝗿𝗼𝘄
The majority of data breaches have already established phishing as the “go-to” hacking method. This method allows hackers to gain access to sensitive data via malicious emails and a variety of other methods. Almost 66 percent of malware installations take this route, and nearly 43 percent of global data breaches begin with phishing.
Businesses must therefore educate their employees about suspicious links and other forms of clickbait. It is also critical to conduct anti-phishing campaigns that are well-publicized. With companies facing financially motivated attacks, security awareness
𝗧𝗮𝗸𝗲𝗮𝘄𝗮𝘆 2: 𝗥𝗮𝗻𝘀𝗼𝗺𝘄𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗶𝘀𝗻’𝘁 𝗹𝗲𝗮𝘃𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮𝗻𝘆𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗲 𝘀𝗼𝗼𝗻
Ransomware has recently become the face of cyber-attacks, and in 2017 it has evolved into an all-powerful abomination. Data theft is quite common, accounting for 21% of all existing ransomware incidents, whether through social engineering campaigns or phishing emails. These figures are at least 8% higher than those reported in the 2016 DBIR reports.
While it is difficult to stop the spread of ransomware, vigilance keeps malware and other malicious entrants out of the system. To educate their employees, some organizations conduct ransomware awareness training programs. A dynamic program may be most effective in mitigating the global crisis.
𝗧𝗮𝗸𝗲𝗮𝘄𝗮𝘆 3: 𝗛𝗲𝗮𝗹𝘁𝗵𝗰𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝗮 𝘃𝘂𝗹𝗻𝗲𝗿𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝘀𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗼𝗿
According to DBIR reports, nearly 15% of recent data breaches targeted the healthcare industry, which is a concerning sign. When it comes to analyzing cyber threats to the healthcare sector, the DBIR data reveals a two-pronged problem. The first point of concern is an unintentional breach of confidentiality in which employees play a key role. It is concerning that the primary causes of nearly 80% of healthcare-specific breaches are various errors and privilege misuse.
The other aspect of the two-pronged problem is the rise of ransomware, which is particularly harmful to the medical and healthcare sectors. Believe it or not, ransomware attacks account for nearly
𝗧𝗮𝗸𝗲𝗮𝘄𝗮𝘆 4: 𝗣𝗮𝘀𝘀𝘄𝗼𝗿𝗱 𝗹𝗮𝘇𝗶𝗻𝗲𝘀𝘀 𝗶𝘀 𝗽𝗿𝗲𝗱𝗼𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗻𝘁
According to the 2017 DBIR data, stolen passwords are used in 80 percent of data breaches involving hacking. As a result, security fatigue has set in, with password laziness at the helm. Passwords and the strategies behind their selections should be valued by organizations. Security awareness campaigns are excellent ways to strengthen password-centric training reinforcements. Furthermore, it must be understood that password strength is a recurring issue that must be handled with extreme caution.
𝗧𝗮𝗸𝗲𝗮𝘄𝗮𝘆 5: 𝗜𝗴𝗻𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝗽𝗿𝗲𝘁𝗲𝘅𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗼𝘄𝗻 𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗹
While malware, malicious emails, phishing attacks, and ransomware threats are all real threats to the cyberspace, pretexting is more like a slow poison when it comes to impairing it. A pretext is a convincing scenario created by hackers to influence targets. Email is used in nearly 88 percent of pretexting incidents involving financial shortfalls, making it a popular channel for sending pretexts. However, educating employees about the risk-based approach can help them distinguish between pretexts and original requests. This method necessitates the inclusion of knowledge assessments, which can be difficult to determine and mitigate threats.
Data breaches are common and will continue to bother us in the future. However, it is critical to process the takeaways and inferences as thoroughly as possible in order to keep threats, risks, and damages to a minimum.