The first buds of May are about to appear, and along with that comes both a renewed energy for us and a new season of cybersecurity threats. This makes it a great time to spruce up your IT support in New York City awareness of some the risks.
What are Cyber Threats?
Cyber threats are anything that poses a possibility of attempts to disrupt or damage your computer systems or networks. Specific examples of such threats include the following:
The fraudulent practice using phone calls, faxes, or emails; claiming to be from reputable individuals or companies in a bid to induce people to divulge personal information that can be leveraged to mount an escalated cyber attack. Phishing can aim simply to secure a personal email or phone number, or even just date of birth. It doesn’t have to be bank details or credit card numbers.
One type of malware (malicious software) that your IT support provider in New York City often has to address is ransomware, which aims to get target individuals of companies to pay a ransom in return for valuable data. The attack may involve encrypting the target’s data or computer or it may just be a sophisticated hoax that tricks the target into believing their data has been locked.
Named after the fabled Trojan Horse, which was made from wood. Trojans are software that masquerades as an attractive tool or another piece of data. Tricked into downloading, installing, or opening the file or application, the target unwittingly gives hackers access to their computer, and in some cases, entire network.
Keyloggers are simple tools that capture all keystrokes entered into a computer, tablet, or mobile phone. They can be installed via software or introduced using a malicious piece of hardware, such as a USB drive or even hacked keyboard. Cybercriminals can use logins, passwords, credit card numbers and other information collected this way to perpetrate fraud or theft.
Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) is a type of cyber attack in which the criminal aims to make network resource or computer unavailable to the intended users by temporarily or permanently disrupting the services of an Internet-connected host.
These are only a subset of the full range of cyber threats in the wild today. Identifying, avoiding, and addressing such threats requires taking many key steps. At HOCS Consulting, as an IT support provider in New York City, we work with businesses of all sizes to reduce their exposure to cyber risks. Contact us now to learn how to avoid cyber attacks.