The Most Common Cyber Attacks Threatening Small Businesses Today
Want to know the fastest growing crime to threaten small business? Cyber theft is on the rise, and small businesses are prime targets as they typically lack the resources and technology to keep ahead of sophisticated cyberattacks. In fact, almost half of all cyber attacks impact small businesses.
A security breach can be damaging to a small business, which is why cyber security needs to be a top priority. Here are some of the most common cyberattacks that threaten SMBs today:
- Denial of Service (DoS) Attack: This common type of cyberattack occurs when criminals use multiple computers to send an overwhelming amount of data and information at one time with the intention of shutting down your system. You can avoid experiencing this cyber traffic jam by proactively monitoring analytics for spikes in traffic. Be sure to always use the latest version of security software as it will help to safeguard your business from DoS attacks as well.
- Employee Attack: It’s important to be mindful of low-tech threats to your business, such as an employee mis-using data and information. When terminating an employee, be sure to revoke access to data and change the locks or keypad to your doors. If a cyber door to your business is left open, a disgruntled former employee can potentially hijack your sensitive data and hold it until you pay a price (known as a ransomware attack).
- Malware Attack: This malicious software comes in the form of worms, viruses, and Trojan horses and will wreak havoc on your business. Emails are a common way for your network to become exposed to malware, which is why it’s important to make it a company-wide practice not to open emails and click on unusual links from people that you don’t know.
- Password Attacks: If you use a password that is easy for hackers to guess, you’re basically handing your sensitive data over to criminals. As a best practice, choose a case-sensitive password that is at least eight characters in length and includes a combination of letters, numbers and symbols. Change passwords regularly.
- WiFi Attack: Make sure that your WiFi network is password protected. Your WiFi network can extend as much as 300 feet beyond your building’s walls.
Strengthen cyber security for your small business by being mindful of these common cyberattacks.
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