The new work environment presents challenges for organizations and employees. According to Gartner, the global information security market is expected to reach $170.4 billion in 2022. This is happening as companies invest heavily in cybersecurity, one of the fastest growing concerns in the security space. modern work.
However, smart companies know that most savings will come from employee awareness. Cybint reports that 95% of cybersecurity attacks are caused by human error. Therefore, the most effective way to prevent hackers from gaining access to your network is to teach your employees how they invite them.
The different ways businesses are hacked
One of the most challenging questions in cybersecurity is how hackers manage to penetrate computer networks. Most experts agree that it has to do with humans being the weakest link in cybersecurity.
But there is more to this story.
Here are some ways hackers manage to infiltrate businesses.
Dealing with data breaches is not as simple as companies buy the best, most secure and advanced cybersecurity solution. All of these small business support IT systems are designed, implemented and maintained by error-prone humans. And this despite the fact that cybersecurity technologies are extremely powerful.
What these powerful security systems lack is implementation. Configuring sophisticated cybersecurity software is painstaking and a single mistake can open up a huge vulnerability in the system. As long as there is a gap between the strength of cybersecurity solutions and expertise, hackers will continue to make their way into corporate networks.
Pirates have the advantage
Cybercriminals can fully exploit a system by finding a vulnerability. On the other hand, security administrators must find all possible flaws and fix them before an attacker exploits them. Security administrators therefore need to do more to ensure network security.
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All the hackers need is a little patience as they exploit the network for the vulnerability. Additionally, cybersecurity administrators need to react faster to patching vulnerabilities and respond to attacks, making cybersecurity hardening an ongoing process.
Money is one of the main motivations for the work of cybercriminals. Governments, corporations, and politicians are dumping ridiculous sums on cybercriminals to carry out cyberattacks against rival governments, corporations, or politicians.
Ransomware has also become a huge talking point lately, with hackers earning millions by launching powerful cyberattacks against businesses. In May 2021, Colonial Pipeline had to part with $5 million after hackers infiltrated their network with ransomware.
Technology is changing at a dazzling pace. This makes it difficult for humans to keep pace with cybersecurity as newly developed systems expose new vulnerabilities.
However, the industry is debating whether AI will be able to effectively and efficiently replace humans in cybersecurity administration. They can follow rules more strictly and adapt faster than humans.
Google has embraced AI in its cybersecurity administration. It uses machine learning techniques to filter emails with potentially malicious content or attachments.
How Employees Contribute to Hacks
It is inevitable that your team members will make cybersecurity mistakes. However, ongoing awareness will help reduce these errors and the overall cybersecurity risk in your organization.
Here are some ways your employees contribute to hacks on your network.
Phishing is one of the most used strategies by hackers to infiltrate and steal data from a network. Phishing attacks mainly target small and medium-sized businesses. Most of these attacks occur when an employee clicks on a suspicious link, often embedded in a dubious or rather convincing email.
Most attackers can hide under the pretense of being security experts hired by the company or a member of the customer support team.
They use social engineering to obtain credible information about the company, causing the employee to let their guard down and click on the malicious link, thereby infecting their system or network with the malware.
Technology consumers are less and less able to manage passwords. According to a study, 3 out of 4 tech consumers have duplicate passwords that may not have been updated in at least the past five years. These consumers can be employees working in your organization.
Weak passwords make it easier for hackers to infiltrate systems or a network. Therefore, organizations must implement strong password policies, especially for software or systems that employees can access through the network.
Weak/poorly implemented security measures
Proper IT security measures can significantly improve an organization’s cybersecurity.
At the infrastructure level, strong and properly implemented security measures include the use of firewalls and web filters. These systems ensure that only good traffic from trusted sources reaches the employee’s device.
At the employee level, members of your organization must have the discipline to strictly follow organizational security measures such as not connecting to public Wi-Fi.
Unfortunately, the organization may not properly implement security at both levels, with employees not following security measures properly, leading to hacks.
Scorned employees can pose one of the biggest cybersecurity risks to an organization. Scorned or greedy employees may sell sensitive security information such as passwords or participate directly in the data breach by attacking your systems.
Checking personal emails at work
Personal email is a huge vulnerability for an organization’s networks. Most personal inboxes bypass security barriers such as antivirus and spam filters that you may have in place to protect your organization’s email.
If an employee interacts with a malicious email in their personal inbox in this way while connected to your organization’s computer systems, they can cause damage to the entire network.
2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic have made remote working the new normal for many organizations. Employees now connect to corporate systems and software through their home and public Wi-Fi. This poses a huge cybersecurity risk, especially on public Wi-Fis, which are easy targets for hackers.
Use of mobile devices
Mobile devices are very susceptible to data breaches. Some of the reasons for this vulnerability include weak passwords and the possibility of these devices being lost or stolen from corporate workstations.
Additionally, employees tend to load apps, websites, and attachments more recklessly on their mobile devices than on laptops or desktops, increasing the risk of a cyberattack.
The best way to sever your employees’ ties with hackers is to teach them the cybersecurity best practices they should use while working in the office.
Also, conduct follow-up awareness programs to ensure they are constantly aware of what to do and any new strategies the hackers have developed.