3 Avoidable Cyber Attack Vulnerabilities

by | Cybersecurity

Every organization must protect its IT network, including all the applications and connected devices that interact with its corporate network (even those connected through the Internet). Bad actors know your exposure expands beyond your office walls and are using automation, software, and personalization to access unsecured systems, networks, or data. Here are 3 avoidable cyber attack vulnerabilities you can resolve BEFORE a bad actor exploits them.

Outdated Software: You’re likely using dozens of different software solutions for daily business operations. A failure of any of them could shut you down and cost thousands in lost resources. Outdated software also leaves you open to bad actors and crippling cyber attacks. It is critical to apply patches and update your software, firmware, and operating systems to the latest versions as soon as they are released to best eliminate these vulnerabilities.

Misconfiguration: Software, firmware, and operating systems must be configured to your business and a mistake can create opportunities for bad actors. Misconfiguration errors and misuse can happen when settings are changed or missed without fully understanding the consequences or when an incorrect value is entered. Misconfiguration could allow unauthorized access into your network or a leak of data through an exposed server and these types of mistakes are attributed to up 14% of breaches.

Phishing: Only you can prevent phishing attacks. Every person at your company should have regular security awareness training to help identify the common and even the more sneaky signs of a phishing attempt. Alert staff who take just a few seconds to critically review email content, address domain, and the legitimacy of any URL links or requests can avoid a successful phishing attack.

Are you confident your IT staff or partner is perfectly managing every area and practice of cybersecurity to keep your business as safe as possible from cyber attacks and damages? Use this self-assessment to evaluate your current program. If you cannot confidently check off each item, it may be time for a new IT partner. Pearl Solutions Group is an experienced Managed Security Services Provider with enterprise-grade cyber security solutions made available and affordable to small to mid-sized businesses and public agencies.

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