Cyberattacks on businesses are growing by the day and are getting to be a lot more frequent, sophisticated, destructive and costly which has made this such an alarming state of affairs for the global investors and business executives. Actually, a global survey on business executives and investors has shown the fact that cyberattacks and the threats that a business may be so exposed to online is one of the things that tops the list of concerns, that is cyberattacks being the greatest threat that businesses happen to be facing. In the following lines we will be taking a look at some of the real cyber threats that a modern day business will be so exposed to and as such they must take the necessary measures to ensure that they have so actively protected against.
Hackers still continue using phishing as one of the methods to infiltrate and compromise a business’s systems and this is one that is so popular within the hacking community for the mere fact that it has worked and still works so well for them. As a matter of fact, a recent study report released by one of the leading data security ad systems security companies of renown has actually established the fact that over 90% of cyberattacks actually had their roots in a phishing scheme. Business email compromise is one of the most forms of phishing that has been in use by a number of hackers and this is where the hacking community convinces the unwitting employees to send them sensitive data and information or wire them sums of money and this has really costed businesses around the world huge sums of money in losses.
Another common hacking plot that has been used by a number of the cybercriminals to compromise business systems is that known as shadow IT. This is where a device of some kind, software or service is being used on an enterprise network without the knowledge of the IT department. And with cloud computing having come in, this has as such brought in a whole new form of shadow IT. The Systems as a Service, SaaS, apps have become so popular and are in their numbers, cheap and easily accessible and use. In a number of organizations, employees have admitted to the fact that they have used unauthorized SaaS applications while at work, using the business systems to access and use these apps. As a matter of fact, these are some of the acts that will end up exposing your business systems to the tricks and attempts at compromising your business data to the hackers and you must actively safeguard against these.