With information available at our fingertips through the influx of IoT gadgets, software defined services, cloud applications, and more, the Digital Age is our reality. How should organizations strategize each year to accommodate these new technologies and mitigate associated risks? Industries operating traditionally are now moving rapidly to advanced technologies but with this also means a transition to best-in-breed security solutions, ones that enable seamless and Secure Access across traditional data centers and hybrid cloud environments.
Every day, the number of cyber-attacks are on the rise, whether they are small or big. These type of attacks range from user accounts getting hacked to an entire enterprise network getting compromised. It’s more important than ever to consider some initiatives like common awareness and learning programs. This way corporations not only reduce the impact but also recover from any disaster.
Initially, security experts sensed BFSI, government, and healthcare sectors being the most vulnerable to security breaches. However, as we witnessed in recent times, breaches across all the sectors have become victims of cyber-attacks and there is no industry considered to be safeguarded.
So, what are the common attacks that organizations and users should be aware of?
Most employees assume that they are protected from targeted attacks when using company computers while on their company’s network. This is where Social Engineering Attacks get introduced and it involves using this assumption to deceive employees, becoming the root cause of many cybersecurity attacks.
Watering Hole Attack:
This is a Social Engineering attack that infect the websites that employees visit most often. So how does it work? An attacker infects a trusted resource like servers and when any employee opens the infected site, the software code will be injected in the body of web page and redirects the browser to a malicious website that contains a set of exploits. The indirect nature of this attack could be driven by a desire to ultimately infect a specific but diverse set of victims, or it could be the weak link in the security chain. Although this is not a new attack, organizations need to be aware of it before IT teams drown in this hole.
Phishing attacks result when an employee gets an email or a social media message such as a bank communication or messages from social networking sites that look like it’s coming from a legitimate sender, like a family member or friend sending a Facebook private message. There are website links in those emails or messages that also look legitimate so when a user clicks on such links they will be tricked to sign in with their username and password, allowing hackers to capture the private information. In most cases, Phishing leads to some ransomware attack. Malicious code will be downloaded when the user mistakenly downloads an attachment or clicks a link with vulnerabilities.
How do we take precautions?
It is important for every organization, big or small to review its security landscape completely and implement security strategies, revising those strategies year over year. As software gets integrated into every 3rd party product and solution, it’s best to make awareness programs and implement best-in-class solutions that mitigate the evolving threat landscape.
Companies can also look at advanced level solutions that cover specific threats – through multi-factor authentication and other methods. Pulse Secure’s network access control solution is a Next-Gen NAC that enables endpoint visibility, BYOD and guess access, fortifies privacy compliance, and mitigates new malware and IOT security risks.
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