Did you know that 9 out of 10 Indiana businesses will suffer a cyber attack within the next year? And that 1 in 3 of those attacks will be successful? Cyber attacks are becoming more and more common, and they’re only getting more sophisticated. Businesses of all sizes are at risk- no one is immune.
What are some of the most common cyber attacks that Indiana businesses face? And what can be done to prevent them?
Phishing is a type of cyber attack that involves sending fraudulent emails or text messages in an attempt to trick the recipient into giving away sensitive information, such as login credentials or financial information. To protect against phishing attacks, businesses should educate their employees about how to spot these types of scams and have a process in place for reporting suspicious emails or texts.
Malware is a type of malicious software that can infect a computer and cause serious damage. Malware can be spread through email attachments, infected websites, or by downloading pirated software. To protect against malware attacks, businesses should install and update anti-virus and anti-malware software on all of their computers. They should also be cautious about what email attachments they open and what websites they visit.
A denial-of-service attack is a type of cyber attack that is designed to overload a website or server with traffic, making it unavailable to legitimate users. To protect against denial-of-service attacks, businesses should have adequate security measures in place, such as firewalls and intrusion detection systems. If you need help implementing these measures, contact an IT service provider.
SQL Injection Attacks
SQL injection is a type of cyber attack that takes advantage of vulnerabilities in web applications to inject malicious code into the database that powers the application. This can allow attackers to access sensitive data, such as customer information or login credentials. To protect against SQL injection attacks, businesses should make sure their web applications are up to date and secure. They should also limit the amount of data that is stored in the database and use encryption to protect sensitive data.
Ransomware is a type of malware that encrypts files on a computer and then demands a ransom be paid to decrypt them. To protect against ransomware attacks, businesses should back up their data regularly and have security measures in place, such as anti-virus software and firewalls. They should also be cautious about what email attachments they open and what websites they visit.
If your business suffers a cyber attack, you could face a number of consequences, such as:
- Losing valuable data or customers’ personal information
- Having your website or server taken offline
- Being fined if you’re required to comply with regulations, such as the GDPR
- Damaging your reputation and losing customers’ trust
Don’t wait until it’s too late- take steps to protect your business now. Cyber attacks are becoming more common and more sophisticated. Businesses of all sizes are at risk. Don’t be the next victim- take steps to prevent cyber attacks now.