4 Of The Scariest Threats To Your Client's Network

by Abbie-Lee Hollister, on October 29, 2018

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Since it's almost Halloween, we’ve put together a list of the scariest threats to the network, as well as a few best practices to guide your client's security efforts. Just like a spooky story designed to scare the little ones, these threats paint a vividly terrifying picture, but can help ensure that your clients are protected from threats.


1. Ransomware

There’s nothing more frightening than the idea of not being able to access the critical information, files and applications. Ransomware isn’t a new threat – it’s been infecting networks and sending shivers down IT teams’ spines for years now. What is alarming, however, is how quickly new ransomware samples are appearing and how fast this threat has grown. Making matters worse, hackers are now demanding higher ransom amounts. Ransomware can be injected into your clients network in a number of different ways, meaning that security is best when it is layered with a NG Firewall, Endpoint Security and File Security.    


2. Phishing Attacks

Another hair-raising threat to your client's network is an attack that comes as a result of phishing. These types of infections are akin to a hunter setting a trap and waiting nearby for its catch. A hacker creates an email message that looks to be from a real and reputable sender. The recipient is tricked into opening the message, which usually includes a malicious link to an infected website or attachment that unleashes malware within the network. 


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3. Brute Force Attacks: Determined Hackers Break Down Walls

Attacks and infections brought on by the brute force of hackers are also nothing new, but they certainly are fearsome threats to your client's network. The most chilling aspect of these attacks isn’t just the way by which cyber criminals go about infecting the network, it’s also their determination.
After all, according to the logistics of brute force attacks, it’s only a matter of time before a motivated hacker is able to decode sensitive authentication credentials with the help of trial-and-error and advanced algorithmic tools. Brute force attacks are increasingly successful when users leverage unsecured passwords that include common words or a string of sequential numbers, as it reduces the effort needed to break them. 


4. Human Error

Some of the best horror story twists happen when the monster has been inside the house with the victim all along, and security breaches that occur due to human error are no different. After all, many company leaders and IT managers don’t consider the risk that a company’s own employees can create.

Almost half of all security breaches happen because of errors made on the part of users. These include a failure to follow procedures, overall carelessness as well as not keeping up with the most current threats.

It’s invaluably important to be aware of the latest techniques hackers are using so that your Managed Service operation can offer the most appropriate protection for your clients. 

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