Six Cyber Security Vulnerabilities

If your system isn’t protected, you may be vulnerable to cyber security risks. Cyber security attacks can come from inside and outside of the control system’s network and it can be hard to know what to look for. There are six cyber security vulnerabilities in particular that you should put on your radar.

  1. Phishing:

    Most people know not to open a random email or click on every link that they’re sent. In order for hackers to get you to click on something, they need to get creative. They want your sensitive information so they can use it to attack your network. They’ll use tactics like sending an email from your company’s IT department, a shareholder, or even another company that you do business with. These emails will appear authentic when in fact they’re anything but.

  2. SQL injection attack:

    Structured query language (SQL) is programming language that allows communication with databases. Servers store important data for your company’s website. This type of attack uses malicious code to target the server directly and prompt it to reveal information it normally would not. SQL injection attacks can divulge everything from usernames and passwords to credit card info.

  3. Malware:

    This is a technique in which hackers pose as antivirus alerts. When you click on the link, you are exposing your system to adverse software, viruses and ransomware (where the hacker asks for money to give you your own system back).

  4. Denial of Service:

    During a DoS attack, hackers flood your website with more traffic than it can handle so as to shut it down. There are times when this happens organically because the traffic is genuine and not caused by hackers. In severe cases of DoS attacks, hackers use multiple IP addresses and computers making it harder for your network administrators to overcome the problem.

  5. Session hijacking:

    Also known as man-in-the-middle attacks, this threat to cyber security occurs when hackers insert themselves between your server and your client’s computer. To do this, the hacker steals the unique session ID that is meant to stay private between your server and your client’s computer so that they can get access to sensitive information.

  6. Cross-site scripting:

    Also referred to as XSS, cross-site scripting involves hackers injecting damaging code into the user’s system so that it in turn can attack your system. Hackers do this by putting this destructive code into a comment or script that would automatically be run, for instance on a user’s blog. Then, the hackers are able to gather sensitive information about the user that they can use to attack your website.

You may not realize when a cyber attack has occurred. Please contact us for more information regarding the safety of your system.

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