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Types of Cyberthreats for Small Business


In this article I will keep documenting types of threats out there and how you can protect yourself. What is a cyberthreat? It's the possibility of a malicious attempt to damage or disrupt a computer network or system or devices or software.


Table of Contents

  • Malware

  • Phishing

  • Ransomware

  • Denial-of-Service (DoS) Attacks

  • Man-in-the-Middle (MitM) Attacks

  • Social Engineering

  • Zero-Day Attacks


Malware

Malware is a broad term that encompasses any software designed to harm a computer system. This includes viruses, worms, Trojan horses, spyware, and ransomware. Malware can steal data, corrupt files, or even take control of your entire system.


Phishing

Phishing attacks are attempts to trick you into revealing personal information, such as your credit card number or login credentials. Phishing emails often appear to be from legitimate sources, such as your bank or a social media platform. They may contain links that, when clicked, will take you to a fake website that looks real. Once you enter your information on the fake website, the attacker can steal it.


Ransomware

Ransomware is a type of malware that encrypts your files, making them inaccessible. The attackers then demand a ransom payment in exchange for the decryption key. Ransomware attacks can be devastating for businesses, as they can bring operations to a standstill.


Denial-of-Service (DoS) Attacks

DoS attacks attempt to overwhelm a website or server with traffic, making it unavailable to legitimate users. DoS attacks can be disruptive and expensive for businesses.


Man-in-the-Middle (MitM) Attacks

MitM attacks occur when an attacker intercepts the communication between two parties. The attacker can then eavesdrop on the communication or even modify it. MitM attacks are often carried out on public Wi-Fi networks.


Social Engineering

Social engineering is the art of tricking people into giving up personal information or clicking on malicious links. Social engineering attacks can be very effective, as they prey on human trust and emotions.


Zero-Day Attacks

Zero-day attacks are attacks that exploit vulnerabilities in software that the software vendor is not aware of. Zero-day attacks are dangerous because there is no patch available to protect against them.


Conclusion


Cybersecurity is essential for businesses of all sizes. A strong cybersecurity posture can help to protect your business from data breaches, financial losses, and reputational damage.


Here are some tips for how small businesses can protect themselves from cyber threats:


  • Keep your software up to date.

  • Use strong passwords and enable two-factor authentication.

  • Be careful about what information you share online.

  • Train your employees on cybersecurity awareness.

  • Consider partnering with a IT service provider like Cyberkite that offers cybersecurity services.


Cyberkite offers comprehensive remote support services to help small businesses protect themselves from cyber threats. 


Our team of security experts can help you to identify and address your vulnerabilities, develop a cybersecurity plan, and implement security controls. 


Contact Cyberkite to learn more about how we can help you to keep your business safe: cyberkite.com.au/cybersecurity


Malware

  • Software that is specifically designed to disrupt, damage, or gain unauthorized access to a computer system.

  • Types of malware is a worm, virus, trojan.


DoS or DDoS

  • A DoS attack is a denial of service attack where a computer is used to flood a server with TCP and UDP data packets.

  • A DDoS attack is where multiple computers target a single computer with a DoS attack. The targeted network is then bombarded with packets from multiple locations.


There is a lot more folks. Stay tuned as we add them all in here.



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About Michael Plis

 

Michael is a technology and cybersecurity professional with over 18 years of experience. He offers unique insights into the benefits and potential risks of technology from a neurodivergent perspective. He believes that technology is a useful servant but a dangerous master. In his blog articles, Michael helps readers better understand and use technology in a beneficial way. He is also a strong supporter of mental health initiatives and advocates for creating business environments that promote good mental health.

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