Hacking a business has become easier, as businesses use more and more technology across their business, often without cybersecurity in mind. Every app you use and every bit of kit you plug into your network is a possible backdoor to a hacker. The thing is the more IT you add, the more your business relies on it, and then the more value that has to your business. This makes your network a target for hackers.
Hackers that you see in the movies are unlikely to hack your company themselves, sitting in a dark room with lots of screens attacking your company’s server, instead they have written software that will do it for them. Sometimes it’s as simple as sending an email to your employees to try and trick them into downloading a virus. These systems are automated and work at scale, sending thousands of emails every hour. If one in every thousand companies they target has to pay them a few hundred dollars than these small hacking programs can be a good earner for hackers.
With one click on a phishing link, a single employee can open a ransomware file and encrypt your entire network, allowing hackers to hold you ransom. In 2017 the NHS was held ransom because one person clicked a link in an email, installing a small ransomware program that infected the whole network. Thousands of businesses have this happen to them every day.
Sometimes it’s a bit more sophisticated, with call centres of people calling business, pretending to be their IT company and asking users to install “updates” that are in fact viruses or ransomware. They can socially engineer passwords and usernames out of different employees to gain access to servers or PC’s and then conduct a full-scale hack. Sometimes they just come into your workplace and drop a USB key on the floor, knowing someone will pick it up and plug it into a computer, then bingo, they’re in! If all the computers in your company were locked and encrypted with ransomware how much would you pay to unlock them? A lot right, so you can see why the effort some of these hackers go to pays off.
People don’t rob banks with guns anymore, they use computers. In 2016 hackers stole £26 million from a bank by simply sending fake emails to the accounts department, to get fake invoices paid. The bank’s employees just handed the money over believing those emails to be an internal email authorising payment.
So what are you doing as a business to stop this? There are some simple steps you can take now that will minimise the chances of this attack hitting your business.
There are a lot of tricks and a lot of traps out there so you need someone to help you avoid the obvious and keep your business secure.
It doesn’t have to cost lots of money and there needn’t be a huge investment. But you need to have a budget for cybersecurity in the same way you do for an alarm on your office. After all, why do you even lock the door to your office? Because if someone steals your computers it would be a disaster for your business? Then you need to protect them from Cyber Attack as well because that’s a lot more profitable and less effort than burglary!
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