With a whole new influx of cyber-attacks making headlines and causing a lot of concern in the IT world, some businesses and individuals might be asking themselves, what are cyber-attacks, why do I need to know and how will these type of cyber security issues affect my business?

What is a Cyber-attack?

A cyber-attack is simply when hackers attempt to damage or destroy a computer network or system.

At its worst, cyber-attacks can be created by a team of hackers who work together to create programs to take advantage of unknown flaws in software and networks in order to access confidential data or damage key infrastructure.

There are a few different kinds of cyber-attacks:

Targeted attack: Attacks that are targeted at specific organizations or individuals in order to access information and intellectual assets for vandalism or monetary gain.

Advanced Persistent Threat (APT): A targeted attack which is carried out continuously and persistently using a variety of means to access the targeted information or organization. These are divided into: (1) attacks through public servers and websites and (2) attacks which make users send malicious programs (targeted email attack).

Denial of Service attack: An attack used to disrupt services.

Distributed Denial of Service attack: An attack carried out from a distributed environment.

Here’s an overview of the method typically used in cyber-attacks:

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How to protect your business from cyber-attacks:

  1. Stay informed– read the news and follow trusted IT service providers on platforms such a LinkedIn and Twitter for current and reliable updates on any security threats and cyber-attacks. You can follow Scope Logic on LinkedIn and Twitter by clicking on the links and following our pages.
  2. Back up your data– Make sure that all your files are backed up to a separate system so that if you are targeted by an attack, you won’t lose your information to the hackers.
  3. Be aware of what links you are opening– hackers often send an email that seems to come from a trusted source asking them to open a link which then actually links them to a malicious website that can download a virus onto their computer. It is usually best to type out a web address yourself instead of clicking a link if you think it seems suspicious.
  4. Contact your trusted ICT company– there multiple ways for hackers to attempt to access your data- while it may seem overwhelming to try to stay on top of everything, you can rest easy knowing that’s our job! We will quickly and efficiently deploy the latest virus and security updates to ensure that your network is protected and secure.

For any other questions relating to cyber-attacks and network security, get in touch with us at Scope Logic and our knowledgeable technicians will be able to develop the best security solution for your business.

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