Cyber Security Threats 2021The Business Of Hacking
New Threats In CyberSecurity
A Multi trillion Dollar Business
The days of hacking being primarily done by individuals for bragging rights or small financial gains are over, and have been for quite sometime. These days, it’s a business.
These cyber security threats are a multi-billion dollar, worldwide business comprised of vertically-specialized and vertically integrated criminal enterprises and nation-states.
Common CyberSecurity Risks
Cyber security threats are one of the top problems businesses are facing in the United States.
Most malware these days are distributed via email. While our email filters catch the vast majority of these attempts, no system is 100% effective. With that said, there are numerous cyber security threats your organization must prepare for. Here are our top 5 common cybersecurity risks:
Carefully targeted digital messages are transmitted to trick people into clicking on a link which can then install malware or expose sensitive data. Learn more in our post about how to spot a phishing email.
Attacks on IoT Devices
Recent Cyber Security Threat Examples
2017 – The NSA Hack
In 2017, the National Security Agency, our nation’s most elite cryptographic experts and hackers, were themselves compromised. Now, their own hacking tools are available to other nation-states and criminal syndicates to use to attack the smallest of utilities.
The game changed tremendously then, and now traditional firewalls and anti-virus programs do little to protect you or your utility.
2018 – City of Atlanta Crippled
For over A week, the City of Atlanta has battled a ransomware attack that has caused serious digital disruptions in five of the city’s 13 local government departments. The attack has had far-reaching impacts—crippling the court system, keeping residents from paying their water bills, limiting vital communications like sewer infrastructure requests, and pushing the Atlanta Police Department to file paper reports for days.
2018 – Colorado CDOT Offices Hit
More than 2,000 Windows-based computers at CDOT offices were knocked offline February 21 by a version of the cyber security threat virus known as SamSam. Colorado has spent between $1 million and $1.5 million recovering from a February ransomware attack that took out thousands of computers at the state’s department of transportation (CDOT).
Cyber Threats – Who Are These Criminals?
Nation-states that are under severe sanctions are desperate to raise cash. North Korea has recently raised tens of millions of dollars through ransomware attacks, and Iran is generally assumed to be actively attacking the United States’ infrastructure.
Add criminal syndicates to the mix, and soon you realize where millions of daily attacks are coming from.
What Does all This Mean?
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