The Top 5 Cyber Threats Facing Businesses Today

Article by • November 17, 2022

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The Top 5 Cyber Threats Facing Businesses Today

Businesses are more vulnerable to cybercrime now than ever before. Hackers are getting smarter and more sophisticated, and they are constantly coming up with new ways to exploit businesses online. If you want to protect your business from cybercrime, you need to be aware of the top 5 cyber threats that are facing businesses today. In this blog post, we will discuss each of these threats in detail and provide tips on how you can protect your business from them.

What are the Most Common Cyber Threats Today?

1. Phishing Attacks

Phishing attacks are one of the most common and dangerous cyber threats facing businesses today. In a phishing attack, a hacker will send an email or message that appears to be from a legitimate source (such as a bank or website). The message will usually contain a link that leads to a fake website that looks identical to the real website. The purpose of the fake website is to trick users into entering their personal or financial information, which the hacker can then use to steal their identity or commit fraud.

2. Malware Attacks

Malware attacks are another common type of cyber attack that can be very dangerous for businesses. Malware is a piece of malicious software that is designed to damage or disable computers. Once a computer is infected with malware, the hacker can gain access to the victim’s personal information, financial information, and even control of the computer itself. Malware can be spread through email attachments, downloads, and websites.

3. SQL Injection Attacks

SQL injection attacks are a type of attack that targets databases. In a SQL injection attack, a hacker inserts malicious code into an input field on a website in order to execute a malicious query on the database. This can be used to delete data, change data, or even take control of the entire database. SQL injection attacks are very dangerous because they can lead to loss of data, theft of data, and even complete system compromise.

4. Denial of Service Attacks

Denial of Service (DoS) attacks are a type of attack that is designed to disable a website or server by overwhelming it with traffic. In a DoS attack, the attacker will send a large number of requests to the server in an attempt to overload it. This can cause the website or server to crash, and it can prevent legitimate users from being able to access the site. DoS attacks are often used as a way to force a business to pay a ransom in order to regain access to their website or data.

5. Insider Threats

Insider threats are a type of cyber threat that comes from within an organisation. Insider threats can be caused by employees, contractors, or even business partners. These individuals may have access to sensitive information or systems that they can use to damage the company or steal data. Insider threats can be very difficult to detect and prevent because the attackers already have legitimate access to the company’s resources.

Conclusion

One of the best ways to combat these 5 cyber threats is with regular Penetration Testing and security assessments to train your business such as a Phishing engagement or staff training.

Transcript

Hi, I’m Chris Richardson. I’m a consultant here at Pentest People and I’m part of the graduate scheme. In this video I’m going to be given a quick rundown of some common attacks are seen within the cybersecurity space. So vulnerability is a security flaw or weakness that resides within a computer system or application that can be exploited to violate the systems security policy. So vulnerabilities can be introduced in multiple ways that can be the result of a mistake made during the designing and building of a system. But what’s left behind from these mistakes is known as a book. Nutorouis actors can attempt to leverage these bugs, and this is known as an exploit.

One of the most common attacks is known as a denial of service attack, which is also known as a DoS attack. The aim of a DoS attack is to affect the availability of something, for example, a user accounts or a server. Such attacks occur when a threat actor overloads a services underlying infrastructure, for example, a web server hosting a web application. As such, the underlying service does not have the required processing power to process legitimate user requests, those resulting in a denial of service situation. Cross site scripting is one of the most common types of cyberattacks. Exploitation of cross site scripting vulnerabilities can result in multiple outcomes, including session cookies being stolen, or personal information being leaked. SQL injection is a type of code injection attack, which targets data driven applications.

Generally, SQL injection attacks target user input fields on applications which do not correctly escape or sanitise user inputs. As such, this allows a threat actor to use unexpected characters to break out of the expected SQL query and executes their own malicious SQL queries against the back end database. So that’s been a video on some common attacks that are seen within the cybersecurity space. Thank you for watching.

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Lewis is the Marketing Manager here at Pentest People. Handling our brand identity, event planning and all promotional aspects of the business.