Let’s take a look back at the top 10 cybersecurity threats 2018 has offered. Becasue each passing year, it feels like cybercrime hits the headlines more often than ever before.
Let’s put ourselves back as if we are reading this in 2018. Imagine that you are looking at this article 2 years ago and want to know the threats heading 2018’s way.
It seems that in 2018, ransomware will remain a common threat for companies. Cybercriminals will always look at an organization’s weakness and use it as an advantage. Businesses will always pay for their stolen data. As a result, more and more criminals will look to seek that ransom.
Lack of Expertise
Of course, it’s not always about the criminals. Some of it also comes with a lack of knowledge and expertise. Moreover, companies that lack these traits must invest in education and training. It’s either through internal staff or outside agencies.
Remember that the criminals are getting smarter as well. So, you need to cope up.
The Vulnerability of the Internet of Things
Almost every piece of electronic equipment is having data. hackers and criminals have a lot of means to choose from. Besides, they will always look for ways to gain access to networks. Even so, through unsecured IoT devices.
Phishing scams are more sophisticated than ever. For example, as bad actors can now skillfully replicate emails that appear to be from supervisors or co-workers. If a hacker can gain access to internal systems, they can covertly steal data internally.
Companies need to be wary of the risks that their employees and staff can pose against them. Thus, the company needs to stress the relevance of proper internal systems.
As a result, any malicious behavior or loss of data can be easily traced.
The Accessibility of Hacking Tools
Unfortunately, potential hackers can now access tools easily. Purchasing hacking tools is as easy as ever. As a result, more individuals are a threat. It is even an opportunity for hackers to work together for better results.
Installing Spies on You
Gaining access to your phone essentially puts its functionality in the hands of a remote user. As a result, he can geolocate you, take pictures of where you are, eavesdrop on your conversations, and gain access to personal information. Thus, it can be used at your disadvantage and to intimidate you.
PsyOps on Your Facebook Feed
Congressional testimony from Facebook, Google, and Twitter in November revealed the extent of Russia’s influence campaign on social media. During the last presidential election cycle, more than 126 million of its users were served Russian propaganda. If it’s troubling to control fake news and accounts, media companies will be at risk.
Passwords Are Failing
The most common password in 2017 was ‘123456’, according to Skinner. The human side of us always wants simplicity, and we use the same passwords for multiple accounts. According to a report, 3 billion Yahoo accounts and passwords are being hacked. That’s a real problem for businesses and personal information.
“A real problem with all the bad news we see about hacks and leaks and breaches is that we’re becoming [less sensitive] to them,” Skinner says. Employees tend to get complacent. As a result, this can be extremely harmful to businesses.
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