October is Cyber Security month across Europe and the US. Cybercrime is overtaking news headlines around the world without showing any signs of slowing. We’re going to take a look at the current climate, including this year’s biggest headlines so far and then explore what the future of cyber threats looks like for you and your business.
2017: The year of unprecedented attacks
In a recent report, records show that the number of accounts hacked so far in 2017 has already overtaken those recorded in 2016.
"More than 1.9 billion data records have been leaked, lost or stolen in the first half of 2017 alone, and that number will continue to rise. "
This year has also seen some of the biggest attacks ever recorded, causing eye watering amounts of financial loss and data breaches. In May more than 300,000 computers in 150 countries around the world came under attack from WannaCry ransomware. The NHS went into meltdown, with hospitals and GP surgeries locked out of computer systems. Staff had to revert to pen and paper, and many patients were turned away from appointments as facilities struggled to cope. Even now, 5 months on, the NHS is still recovering from the attack and there’s concerns that a similar attack could happen again in the near future.
More recently a breach in Equifax led to the theft of more than 143 million personal data accounts around the world. This has opened people’s eyes to how important the issue of cybercrime is, and that as a business you need to do more to protect your assets.
The most common cyber security threats
Knowing about the most common cyber threats is an important part of staying protected against them. Here at Nettitude we have a dedicated research and innovation team, who monitor what’s going on in the environment 24/7, and are able to detect activity that could lead to a cyber-attack. This allows us to develop cutting edge technology and products that are capable of dealing with the most sophisticated cyber-attacks, keeping your business safe.
Here’s a quick look at the most common types of cyber-attack and how they could affect you:
A type of malicious software that hackers use to restrict your access to your computer system or files. The attack will ask for some sort of payment before you can regain access to your files. Ransomware is perhaps the most widely used form of cyber-attack, it’s what was used during the NHS attacks and has been reported that a small number of UK councils have paid the ransom to get data back. We have a dedicated page to ransomware, read up on the different types and what you can do to prevent it.
Phishing emails set up by amateurs are usually easy to spot, ever had someone from a different country, begging for money with the promise they’ll pay you back? That’s a phishing email, unfortunately as time and technology has developed, so have these scams.
"30% of phishing emails get opened"
We are finding that more and more phishing emails look completely legitimate, looking like the email has come from, let’s say your bank or other source. Once that email, link, or attachment has been opened the door is opened for hackers to get inside your computer and cause some considerable damage. You can read our blog on analysing phishing emails so you know what to look out for!
Cyber Security Month
October is Cyber Security month throughout Europe and the US, its aim is to raise awareness on cyber security and provide information and advice for businesses on what they need to do to stay safe.
This month we’ll be sharing with you the latest cyber security news, as well top tips and advice from industry professionals, including experts from right here at Nettitude. We’ll be looking at how you can keep your business safe in the workplace, and how your employees can help once they leave the office at the end of the day.
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