Customer data is a business’s biggest asset. But it is also where the most significant threat lies.
As technology becomes more sophisticated, hackers have more potential to access data maliciously posing a significant risk to your business and your clients. In our ever-evolving digital world, an ineffective cyber security strategy has the potential to impact businesses of all size.
Whether you’re a sole trader of one or own a global company, if customer data is held in any way online, you have a professional obligation to keep details safe and secure by removing all opportunity for a sophisticated cyber attack.
Cyber security covers a broad range of digitally malice processes. From identity theft to remote access scams, there are some common cyber attacks that all business owners should be aware of:
Phishing involves an online scammer fooling a digital user into passing on personal information. You might receive an email from a fake bank employee, or someone might pose on social media as a professional company. Watertight security processes must be in place (particularly for financial institutions or government bodies) so that customers can always verify the business they’re communicating with.
Hacking is when an online scammer gains access to information by taking advantage of security vulnerabilities and accessing a network or systems without authorisation.
When hackers gain access to banks or government offices, for example, they may also gain access to customers data significantly increasing the risk to the business.
Breaches of Data
While all cyber attacks are serious, data breaches are perhaps the most significant for a business such as a financial institution or government agency.
An example of a data breach could involve loss or theft of computers, USB drives or laptops, or mistakenly sending personal details to the wrong user.
Remote Access Scams
Using remote access technology, a scammer can convince someone they need to enter a computer or network. By doing so, they take over control of the technology and can view private information.
Malware is a pop-up that fools the user into installing software. The hackers then access files and information.
Cryptoware is a type of malware that tricks users into making payment to unlock files or programs. Once the credit card details have been entered, they’re then used by the scammers.
We can help you understand potential threats and provide systems to remove the threat of cyber attack to help keep your business safe.
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