The rise of digital technology in recent years and decades has led to unprecedented levels of opportunity for businesses of all shapes and sizes.
Those embracing what has been described as the 4th Industrial Revolution can now look to the world of cyber to improve and streamline processes and promote their brand, goods and services to a much larger audience, often at a fraction of the cost compared to traditional forms of marketing and advertising.
However as digital capabilities grow to levels never before seen, there lies an increasing risk of sophisticated security issues. When ignored, or not adequately prepared for, these risks can have a profound and disastrous effect on a business’s ability to operate successfully and can do irreparable damage to reputation – especially where data breaches are concerned.
The methods used by cyber criminals to extract data and penetrate a business’s defences – such as their finance operations – grow ever more sophisticated. Here are three of the most prevalent cyber security issues that are set to be a major threat in 2019… and what you can do about it to ensure you’re experiencing the very best of cyber technology, not the very worst.
Ransomware is a form of malware (malicious software). As the name suggests, this is a particularly nasty form of attack as it essentially offers the affected user with an ultimatum – pay to unlock and reclaim personal data or lose the data, often for good.
Ransomware has the ability to externally corrupt and delete files at the drop of the hat, making users extremely vulnerable and forced into a corner in terms of the demands
As with most cyber threats, malware is likely to evolve and increase in sophistication in 2019. The best way to protect against this threat is to be proactive in cyber defence, with robust processes in place. A multi-layered approach is advised and the backing up of data is also an additional line of defence.
Phishing attacks are dangerous as they can appear harmless. Usually, the victim of such an attack is contacted – often by email – by someone they know (such as a colleague) however the person contacting them is not who they believe it to be.
Usually using techniques such as asking for immediate information, the unsuspecting individual is often asked to send over security-sensitive information such as passwords or financial details – the results of which can be catastrophic.
Arguably the best way to guard against this is awareness. If a request appears to be out of the ordinary or suspicious, always check with the person who is supposed to have sent it. If it appears suspicious in nature, there’s a good chance it is.
Distributed Denial of Service
A distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack is highly sophisticated, with often multiple systems latching on and identifying a target– such as a server or website – and flooding it with harmful data, preventing legitimate system users entering it.
In many instances, the attackers target a vulnerability in a computer system and take it over before using the information acquired to target other related systems.
DDoS attacks are very difficult to prevent. However, carefully thought out and robust security practices can reduce and minimise the risk. As with all forms of cyber security, up-to-date and constantly-reviewed practices are essential.
While cyber threats can be concerning and will continue to be a very real risk for businesses, understanding the nature of them and putting sensible measures in place can help protect against any threats as we head into 2019.
As a leading and respected IT solutions provider, RDS Global has an exceptional record and reputation in providing both an audit and in-depth and comprehensive understanding of cyber threats, not just generally – but specific to you and your business.
Get in touch today to see how we can ensure you are robust in the face of challenges, affording you peace of mind and the time to get on with running your business and exploiting the many positive aspects of what digital technology can offer.