Network Security Threats Demystified

September 11, 2021

1:00-2:00AM PST

Network security is a major area of focus for companies around the world. It doesn't matter if the company is small or large. Every company has vulnerabilities that can be exploited by a network attack to interrupt or degrade business operations. Companies should be aware of the growing number of cyber threats in order to protect their software, systems, data, and network. Data breaches within organizations’ security systems are becoming more common every day. Thus, businesses should be aware of all types of network security threats and how to prevent them.

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Following are the most common types of network security threats:

Computer Viruses

If you are a daily internet user, it should be no surprise to you that computer viruses are the most common type of network security threats. A recent report estimates that around 33% of the world’s PCs have been compromised with malware, including viruses in more than half of the cases. Computer viruses come in the form of software that is created to transmit from one PC to another. Most viruses infect PCs via email or by downloading malware from a malicious website with the intention of infecting the company's machines. Viruses are dangerous because they can steal, corrupt, or even disable your security system as well as spread spam throughout your entire network.

Social Engineering

The 2020 study from the ISACA’s State of Cybersecurity revealed that social engineering is one of the most popular types of network security threats. Around 15% of victims reported social engineering to be a vehicle of infiltration. Multiple types of social engineering attacks can compromise the security of a company, including spear phishing, whaling, and so forth. The majority of social engineering attacks take place through email. Companies can prevent such types of threats by using advanced email security solutions like Trustifi.

Rogue Security Software

Besides computer viruses and social engineering, cybercriminals have come up with another way of committing digital scams. In rogue security software, users are tricked into believing that they have a problem with their network security. For instance, a scammer claims that a virus has been installed on the user’s PC and the security software must be updated. The perpetrator offers to make sure the computer is protected against catastrophe by installing security software updates—but what they really install is malware. The scammers either ask for permission to access the user’s computer to download the software or to pay for a tool in order to remove the supposed virus. What you end up with, however, is the real malware in your system.

Trojan Horse

Trojan Horse is a very sophisticated type of network security threat. Metaphorically, it means deceiving someone into allowing an attacker entry to a heavily protected area. Trojan Horse is the same in the digital world. It is malicious code or software that dupes the victim into running it willingly, by hiding within software. Trojan Horses often infiltrate systems via emails that appear to be important messages from known sources. When the victim clicks on the email or the content inside the message, such as links or attachments, they download the malware to their system. Once it is in their system, the Trojan Horse program can control the entire network. This malicious software is capable of tracking passwords, stealing personal information, and hijacking webcams. 

Ransomware

Every 14 seconds, someone around the world falls victim to a ransomware attack. Ransomware attacks are increasing by 350 percent each year. Cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin have made ransomware even more annoying due to its anonymity. Since Bitcoin is an anonymous form of currency, hackers can collect a ransom anonymously. The attack affects the system, encrypts the data, and threatens to leak confidential information or corrupt the data unless the victim pays a ransom. Even if the victim pays the ransom, there is no guarantee the hacker will keep their word. 

Final Thoughts

You may find it difficult to keep an eye on all these network security attacks. Businesses can still take the necessary precautions, however, and prevent their data from being compromised. Trustifi secures your email service and ensures that no threat occurs via email. Trustifi’s extra layer of protection on your email service monitors all your emails, filtering the suspicious emails and blocking them from getting into your inbox. Don’t let the growing threat of cyber attacks keep you up at night. Contact a Trustifi representative today to learn how quickly and affordably you can take advantage of Trustifi’s powerful email security solution so you can get a good night’s sleep.

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