With the development of computer technology, everyone in the world has become dependent on the Internet to some extent. This has led to a new phenomenon: cybercrime. Hackers gain unauthorized access to confidential information, DBMS (database management systems), by breaking security systems. Today’s cybercrime isn’t just about hacking social media accounts or stealing credit card information. Cybercriminals face increasingly serious targets, and security operations centers as a service prevent cyberattacks and detect potential fraud schemes. The reasons for cybercrime are different. They often demand a ransom. To do this, attackers use ransomware (malicious software that locks the victim’s computer and personal files) to carry out attacks.
The consequences of cyber fraud for a business can range from almost insignificant disruptions to normal business processes to significant financial losses, reputational damage, and complete bankruptcy. By understanding the motivations and goals of cybercriminals, businesses can strengthen their cyber defenses and prevent future attacks using the services of the well-known UnderDefense service.
By industry, the most vulnerable to cyber-attacks are:
Financial institutions and banks: Fraudsters process personal customer data, the information they need to access your account. Healthcare facilities: According to various studies, patient data, patient accounts, and insurance information are of interest to cybercriminals. Educational Institutions: Cybercriminals steal research data (names, addresses, payment details), as well as personal information about students and staff. Big business: Criminals prey on intellectual property, products, marketing strategies, and databases of customers, employees, and partners. Government agencies: Hackers process personal data and sensitive government information in exchange for a ransom for that data. Virtually any organization, regardless of size or industry, can be targeted by hackers these days, and implementing UnderDefense’s new attack prevention solutions is an important decision for everyone.
Types of cyber-attacks and how to protect against them?
Every year, cybercriminals use increasingly sophisticated attack methods. Let’s consider the most common types.
APT (Advanced Persistent Threat)
APT is a targeted cyber attack. The main characteristic is that the actions of cybercriminals are directed against specific companies or government bodies. Such attacks are always purposeful fraudulent actions. Fraudsters penetrate a company’s infrastructure and stay there for months or years, gaining full access to company information.
Violation of the information security of industrial facilities with the help of ART threatens the loss of production and even the collapse of the business. The leakage of information about marketing plans and customers not only damages the reputation of the business structure but also deprives it of its competitive advantage. APT attacks on online stores give fraudsters access to customers’ data and credit card information. Such attacks pose a serious threat to banks and other financial institutions. It is almost impossible to calculate the exact damage from a targeted attack. Most of these cyber attacks go unnoticed by companies for months. It’s all designed so that the rogue software hijacks the database “in the background” and pretends nothing happened.
Cyber attacks can have serious consequences if fraudsters are not caught in time. This threatens:
- Disclosure of commercial secrets;
- Stopping critical business processes;
- IT infrastructure is crumbling;
- Loss of important data;
- Theft of large sums of money;
- Loss of customer trust and damage to the company’s reputation;
- Loss of competitive advantages;
- The company’s loss of position in this market segment.
The main way to protect against APT attacks is to look for computer network anomalies. In addition, such phenomena can be monitored both at the level of an individual computer and within the entire corporate information network. When choosing a cyber protection tool against APT attacks, the service must be based on a comprehensive solution to the problem, which can not only detect and respond to attacks but also prevent potential threats. Such cyber security tools are provided by UnderDefense to commercial customers. The UnderDefense company offers complexes for protecting network infrastructure and cloud services from external threats. This includes tools from the world’s leaders in information security. With the help of a comprehensive product, you can create reliable multi-level cyber protection.
Robust software prevents corporate email phishing attacks, encrypts and archives emails, and protects against malware and spam. Firewalls can detect and block cyber threats without affecting network bandwidth or performance. To protect against malicious Internet traffic, UnderDefense offers its commercial customers a web application firewall service that can detect and block external threats. Network access control is used to protect corporate networks from intruders and unauthorized access. This program analyzes the profile of a user or device and, based on the received data, determines whether it can safely connect to the network.
User and asset behavior analysis is another feature that helps organizations protect themselves from cyber-attacks. The system monitors and reports unusual network activity and violations of corporate policy. UnderDefense is responsible for protecting the endpoints of a company’s IT infrastructure, such as servers, laptops, PCs, and company smartphones, from external actions. The service prevents the system from being infected by viruses, spam, and hacker attacks. To protect corporate email from malware, phishing attacks, spam, and other cyber threats, UnderDefense provides email security for business customers. This service prevents data loss, and encrypts and archives emails.
Cyber attacks on DNS servers
There are two types of attacks in this category:
- Directly to the DNS server;
- A DDoS attack that destroys a DNS server.
The danger of such cyberattacks is that when Internet users enter certain addresses, they are redirected not to the right pages, but to fake ones. By visiting a hacking site, the victim gives the fraudsters access to their personal information. Minimizing the amount of confidential information on personal devices. It is often impossible to avoid the transfer of sensitive information between personal and corporate devices. Especially if your employees work remotely. However, the more information you store on your device, the greater your risk of becoming a victim of cyber fraud. Downloading unverified files can seriously compromise your security. To reduce the potential risk of your device being infected with malware, download data from verified Internet resources.