This year has been the biggest for cyber attacks against businesses.
With 2017 around the corner, now is the time for businesses to understand what the predicted top threats are to properly prepare. Let’s take a look at some below.
Cyber Security Threats
Cyber security is a growing business need, but often overlooked. By being more prepared for what lies ahead, companies can decrease the probability of attacks or loss. In 2017, some top threats businesses should prepare for are:
- Cyber terror: Recent threats, such as Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attacks, have shone a new light on the concept of digital battlefields/war also known as cyber terror. When Internet of Things (IoT) devices and systems are not protected, attacks can be conducted against businesses, cities, states or even countries through this equipment.
- Ransomware attacks: These attacks are designed to hold information or devices hostage until the requested money has been paid. Although ransomware attacks are not a new threat, their focus on IoT is predicted to increase in 2017.
- Cloud attacks: The cloud hosts multiple systems and datasets, and without proper protection, is susceptible for attack. Similar to ransomware attacks, this already existing threat is expected to expand as more businesses convert to the cloud.
- Millenials: The millennial generation is more prone to utilizing technology and innovative devices. And this includes in the workplace. If not done already, businesses should considering implementing “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) and remote employee policies to ensure protocols and security procedures are followed.
How to Avoid Attacks
Over the years, cyber threats have evolved and grown in complexity. Security measures need to shift with them. Education is key to protecting your business. Stay up-to-date on the latest cyber security news and trends by following industry publications, and connect with your security vendor to ensure necessary precautions are in place.
In addition, follow these best practices year round:
- Password-protect security and IoT equipment.
- Always ensure equipment software is up-to-date.
- Install anti-virus, malware and firewalls.
- Limit access to sensitive or critical information.
- Before purchasing new equipment, contact your vendor to assess capabilities, compatibility and installation needs.
- Create policies for remote employees and BYOD.
What cyber security threats are you preparing for in 2017? Share with us in the comments below.
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