As more and more data is collected, the importance of protecting it increases.
Collecting and analysing data has many benefits that can significantly improve the way a business can interact with its customers and generally run its business, however, with the increased collection and storage of data come security risks.
The threat posed to businesses is a real one that a proactive stance on cyber security defence can help to reduce, but there are several ways that data is at risk.
CBR highlights five of the biggest security threats.
1. Social engineering
Social engineering can came in different forms; it can be individuals that call and claim to be from another organisation, or perhaps from the IT department.
Typically they are trying to find out information about you or your business that will help them to gain access to it in some way.
Social engineering attacks have in the past been extremely successful as people are often the weakest point of any businesses defence.
One example of social engineering saw attackers lift 40 million credit and debit cards from retailer Target’s point-of-sale systems.
Attackers were suspected of gaining access to the company’s network by using credentials gained from heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning subcontractor Fazio Mechanical Services via a phishing email that included the Citadel Trojan.