Attacks like the recent ransomware hack against Colonial Pipeline are on the rise. Colonial Pipeline carries gasoline, diesel, and natural gas from Texas to New Jersey. Hackers hijacked the company’s system and forced it to shut down, crippling critical infrastructure. This attack came in the midst of a rapidly escalating rise in ransomware attacks.
Ransomware can take almost any company hostage. Attacks typically begin when an employee unwittingly opens an email attachment or visits a malicious or compromised website. This allows a hacker to install code on your system giving them access to your network. They then lock you out of your files and demand ransom for the key.
The Most Effective Defense
Cybercriminals are becoming more adept and cunning at devising new and more subtle ways to breach a network. They only need a tiny amount of information to exploit your systems. While security software is a key component of protection, educated employees (your human firewall!) can be your first line of defense.
Most hackers send out as many attacks as possible, hoping someone will fall for their tricks. Common threats include:
- Phishing: When an attacker, pretending to be a trusted source, dupes a victim into opening an email, instant message, or text message which deploys malicious software.
- Malware: Typically is installed when you visit a compromised website, and is designed to damage your computer system.
- Lost or Stolen Devices: This has become more common as more of us have had to work from home on personal devices.
Build Your Human Firewall
Educating your team and getting them on board with protecting your company’s network builds a human firewall. Train your team to recognize a scam, and the steps they should take if they encounter a problem. Supporting your team with the latest technology, such as multi-factor authentication gives you an extra layer of security.
If you want to learn more about cybersecurity protection and education for your team, give us a call. We’re here and ready to help!