How hackers get into your system?
Cyber Security is no longer a set-it-and-forget-it action. Cyber threat experts around the globe conform to the idea that a continuous 27/7 network monitoring is the only proven method that brings potential cyber threat damage to the necessary minimum. Any standalone cyber defence application and the analysis data it generates is only valuable when monitored and asserted by trained cyber security experts.
Below you can review some of the most common methods hackers still use in various combinations and sequences in order to breach an unprotected system. Most hackers try to benefit from finding security vulnerabilities. However, some are not tempted by money, and they receive satisfaction from having caused chaos and destruction. Whatever the case may be, you need to be prepared.
These are usually pieces of code planted by hackers and used to extract sensitive information like payment records or login credentials. The malicious software can be uploaded digitally, but also in various alternative ways. For example, viruses could reach your network through a USB stick found by one of your employees. Can you trace all the information that is currently circulating in your company network?
Ransomware is an example of a century old method suited to work as part of some present day cyber threat schemes. During this act, sensitive corporate information can be blocked and encrypted, and then auctioned back to that same company by the cyber criminals. Hackers often times use system vulnerabilities to insert pieces of software that, if undetected, is used as a base for even more damaging follow-up cyber attacks.
In the cyber world, sometimes pure persistence can be rewarding. Hackers continuously attempt a breach until a temporary change in the system, or a little flaw in online security allows them to go through. The human error fator involved is what makes this method statistically impossible to fully prepare for. It is only a matter of time. Real-time penetration testing is the best counter action to this ever present threat.
Targeting Your Employees
This method highlights the importance of human factor in cyber crime scene. Hackers are usually depicted as masters of digital tools. However, they usually are also clever manipulators, and some of their deadliest weapons are complex schemes used to target your employees. In such cases, not even the best cyber defence application will do the trick: your own team members could potentially be the reason your database is leaking valuable information.
Network Security Flaws
Network security levels and effectiveness is hard to measure, especially when most breaches don't leave traces and cannot be accounted for. A simple thing as applying the newest patch on time can mean the difference between a secure system and a total breakdown. Through our free expert evaluation you can view a complete map of your network and spot any possible hidden back doors or any other potential invulnerabilities.
Stalking and phishing
Phishing is somewhat well known method of acquiring information yet the ways it is used usually makes it successful without the person targeted becoming aware of the damage done. This is an old method that still works today, mainly due to its effective camouflage. You may never detect a piece of malware concealed in what looks like an email coming from your trusted partners. As a managed service provider, we provide cyber security as a service where such attempts can be detected and neutralised before they can cause any real damage.