Why Hacking Remains A Big Problem
Hacker attacks take place nearly every hour in America, and cybercriminals’ methods are becoming ever more sophisticated, and attack areas larger. But many companies and organizations still underestimate the threat situation, because hacking is about to get much worse.
In 2018, patient records were breached – 15 million; in 2017, 5.6 million, and in 2016, 3.4 million. Network security should evaluate enterprise defenses and patch security weaknesses; however, these cases illustrate that hasn’t happened and cyber-attacks are still on the rise. There are other resources, like ethical hacking to find security weaknesses, and when it comes to penetration testing cost, it’s far cheaper than paying to pay the ransom and breach of trust that’s often a consequence. So why can’t cyberattacks be contained?
Hacking Attacks Are Becoming Increasingly Sophisticated
One thing is certain, hackers are always a step ahead. As the network updates data protection systems, hackers devise something new to infiltrate the safety of computer users. And surprisingly, three-quarters of the attacks are typically due to infected email attachments.
Remember the “Wannacry” ransomware attack? Security companies say this cybercrime was unprecedented, and they recorded more than 45 thousand attacks in 74 countries. This particular malware infected computers and locked up the machine until a ransom was paid. According to Windows, this flaw was plugged with updates, but the origins of the virus are still unknown, and experts say it could happen again.
Disguised as applications for real jobs, invoices, order confirmations, or package receipt confirmations, e-mails often come from supposedly trusted senders because the malicious programs themselves resend out these emails via the address books of their victim computers. The consequences of these increasing cyber-attacks are existentially threatening because of the loss of intellectual property and sensitive data.
Hackers typically introduce malware software disguised as documents or emails that appear innocuous, which make the entire IT system vulnerable. What do these malware programs actually do? They copy personal data, credit card details, and any other raw data that can be sold to the highest bidder.
Businesses around the world have been the focus of hackers and cybercriminals for years. Identity and data theft are particularly popular. Studies reveal that threats to IT departments are not just external. A major weakness, apart from insufficient technology and organizational structure, is the human factor. Decision-makers believe employees are the major risk for data security because they open malicious email attachments. Studies show that employees often have little awareness of data security and inadequate knowledge of technology. In addition, there is often a lack of an internal emergency plan.
How Do You Stop Cyber Attacks?
Being able to defend yourself against hacking attacks have become increasingly complicated. Up until a few years ago many attempts by hackers were easily recognizable, now they are not anymore. It’s far easier to protect personal computers than big company databases. But hackers don’t always have to come out victorious. The remedy here, besides educating personnel on proper data security is to invest in ethical hacking to test the company’s security initiatives and ensure they work.