Today, every business regardless of size, needs to include cybersecurity in their business toolkit. The fact is, 43% of cyberattacks target small businesses and the threats and tactics they use are changing as fast as online technology.

These seven types of cyberattacks are a threat to every small business today:

  1. Denial of Service (DOS) – This attack is carried out by highjacked computers which are used to overload a network with requests and shut it down. Prevent attacks by monitoring analytics to identify unusual traffic patterns and keeping security software updated.
  2. Insider Attack – Sometimes the threat is more local. When employees leave their jobs don’t just take their keys, be sure to terminate network access as well.
  3. Malware – Malicious software called malware lurks online looking to gain access to your system. Malware includes viruses, trojan horses worms and ransomware. Antivirus software and being cautious with email, like not opening unsolicited emails can significantly lower your risk.
  4. Password Attacks – Birthdays and “1234” are not good passwords. Password attacks are common – all it takes is one weak password and your network may be compromised. In fact, password related attacks are so common they make up the last three types of cyberattacks!
  5. The Brute Force Attack – Cybercriminals can use software that cycles through common passwords until one clicks. If they can access an employee list they’ll start there with common names or birthdays and work down the list until they gain access.
  6. The Dictionary Attack – People tend to choose passwords that are comprised of words only. In a dictionary attack, hackers use software that will automatically enter every word in a dictionary to unlock passwords. Be careful where you login, unsecured WiFi connections are public and can be hacked.
  7. Key Login Attack – Hackers also embed software onto systems that track keystrokes, If you’ve ever logged into a portal using a username and password you’re at risk. Multi-factor authentication can slow hackers and access codes can add protection.

Security is important. Take precautions to thwart attacks and lower the risk to your network. Being aware of the risks is the first step to protecting your network from attack. Many businesses are turning to Managed IT Services to help them protect their data. Want to learn more? Contact TDS IT for a no-obligation technology assessment today.

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