Malicious actors have a lot of methods at their disposal to get sensitive data or hack a company’s network. Hackers can send messages expecting that a victim will get caught as well as they can hack a network by themselves. Nevertheless, to understand how to secure your network, you need to be aware of possible actions of hackers. The Analytical department of Falcongaze is going to talk about that.
Phishing attack is a social engineering method. This kind of attack takes advantage of human psychology. Humans don’t always follow instructions, they don’t always have time to think before leaving their credentials on a site or telling them to a “trusted” person.
Phishing attack aims at stealing users’ credentials. For example, bank account number or payment card number.
Hackers make victims trust them. After that a victim is ready to open a message and follow any link. On a site, a victim can be asked to enter their credentials or a malware can be deployed into their system. It depends on a hacker’s purpose or kind of data they need.
The company affected with phishing attack will, probably, lose money. Its reputation and clients’ trust are on the risk, too.
Malware is a malicious code executing in user’s system. It is always aimed at compromising a system without user’s consent. Malware can spread throughout network, cause damage, and remain unnoticeable.
Common types of malware are:
The company hacked with malware can lose both money and data. The whole business can suffer if proper measures are not taken.
Network attack is an attack of using web apps working on servers. A user connects to them through a web-browser and Internet connection. Most common network attacks:
It is the kind of attack when a threat is inside the company’s network. In this case, cybercriminal is an employee that is already inside the network and they have an access to sensitive data. And you can’t overlook business consultants, partners, and former employees – all of those who are authorized in a system. They can access sensitive data and steal them.
It must be considered that these threats are not always intentional. An employee can be compromised in phishing attack. The attack can happen inadvertently. For instance, they forgot to block the computer or somehow disclosed an important information to unknown person.
Nevertheless, a company loses something (money, data, or reputation) every time it faces any kind of cyberattack. That’s why it is important to understand how to minimize risk of cyberattacks. But we’ll talk about it later.