We are familiar with the concept of Cyber Security , if not you can read my blog on why is cyber security important? http://teamjugadu.com/blog/why-is-cyber-security-even-for-a-startup-important/ But do you know how many cyber attacks are there?
Cyber attacks are on the rise. 60% of the companies have experienced a cyber attack. Most of the hackers target small businesses who do not take cyber security seriously thinking they are too small to be noticed.
In this article, you will read about what kind of cyber attacks are the most common? And how you can be a part of it too.
1. Phishing cyber attack
Phishing is a type of social engineering where a hacker will send you an attachment through mails or messages asking for your personal information or a virus or any kind of sensitive attachment to hack into your work.
According to check point research survey, 82% of manufacturers have experienced a phishing attack in the past year.
There are 3 types of most common types of phishing attacks-
Vishing- Voice phishing or vishing is common among us. Vishing is done through calls when criminals call you asking for your personal information, PIN, payment card details and passwords. Criminals then use this information to steal information or money.
Smishing- SMS phishing is another way criminals use to steal your information. Smishing is much more common than vishing because we rely on our smartphones for work and personal lives.
Spear Phishing- Spear phishing is a targeted kind of attack where the criminal will adapt their methods of doing things in order to reach a specific target. Spear Phishing is done for financial gains or to obtain inside information.
71.4% of targeted attacks involved the use of spear-phishing emails.
2. Ransomware cyber attack
Ransomware is a type of malicious software designed to steal access to your work or steal customer information. The hacker will ask for some ransom to give your work back but there is no guarantee that you will get it back or the hacker will delete your data.
There is a ransomware attack in every 14 seconds i.e. you take your phone out to text someone there is a ransom attack happening somewhere.
3. DDOS cyber attacks
A DDOS (Distributed Denial of Service) take place to disturb the normal web traffic and taking the site offline by overwhelming the server, network and system with more access requests than it can handle.
51% of the businesses experienced denial of service attacks in 2018.
There are two reasons why DDOS happen :
- The hacker wants to take revenge or,
- The hacker will do something much bigger while they are busy restoring there website.
4. Computer Viruses
A computer virus is a code or program written to change the working of the computer. It is a flu virus which transfers from one computer to another without the user’s knowledge. Virus is transferred through –
- Through Email attachments
- Visiting an infected website
- Clicking an infected file
- Viewing an infected website ad, or
- Plugging in infected removable device. (Eg., USB’s)
Protect your organisation
No matter how big or small your organisation is, you need to have cyber security to protect your hardwork, client’s information, personal information, money and many other things that hackers target. You are an easy target for a hacker.
In conclusion of this article, you now know that there are a lot of ways a hacker can hack into your work and destroy the reputation of your company to dust.
According to cyber researchers, hackers are more active now and they are growing everyday. You can be in a lot of trouble if you are hacked because your customers will lose trust thinking there information is not safe with you, do you want that?
As a result, in you try to save money by not getting security on your online business you can lose things you cannot imagine.
So, don’t sit and relax and get cyber security now!