Cyber threats and other malicious digital activities are constantly evolving, continuing to grow in both frequency and sophistication, and staying ahead of them is crucial for any business. This is where computer security comes into play.

This blog post looks at six computer security risks and how implementing the right preventative measures can help you safeguard your digital assets and maintain trust with your customers.

1. Ransomware

Ransomware is a type of malware that encrypts a victim’s files, making them inaccessible until a ransom is paid. It leads to financial losses as well as significant downtime, data loss, reputation damage, and regulatory fines. In 2023, ransomware attacks cost businesses an average of $4.45 million, a 15% increase in 3 years, calling for stronger defenses than ever.

To defend against ransomware, regularly back up crucial data and secure backup systems. Follow email security best practices, update operating systems and applications, and train employees to recognize and avoid suspicious email attachments.

2. Inside Threats

The potential for harm from within is a risk that is often overlooked. Employees, contractors, and partners with access to company systems can pose serious threats to data security—intentionally or not. Careless digital behavior can easily lead to accidental data breaches, and disgruntled employees have the potential to cause even greater damage.

Implementing role-based access controls, conducting regular computer security awareness training, and monitoring user activity can all help prevent insider threats. Strict policies for terminating employees’ access to systems and data can also mitigate risks associated with employee departures.

3. Phishing

Phishing is a method attackers use to deceive victims into giving up personal information by appearing as a legitimate individual or organization, often using email to trick users into clicking malicious links that download malware or disclose sensitive information. According to CISA, over 90% of data breaches begin with phishing attacks.

Users should be trained to look out for signs of phishing attempts, such as generic greetings or urgent calls to action. Hovering over links to reveal the actual URL destination and never sharing personal or financial information in response to an unsolicited request can prevent becoming a phishing victim.

4. Spyware

Spyware is software that enables a user to obtain covert information about another’s computer activities by transmitting data covertly from their hard drive. The danger of spyware lies in its stealthy and unauthorized nature. Once installed, spyware can track keystrokes, capture passwords, and take screenshots without the user’s knowledge.

To protect against spyware, it’s important to be cautious about the websites you visit and the programs you download. Anti-spyware software and personal firewalls can help detect and prevent the installation of spyware. Regular system scans can also identify and remove any spyware that may have slipped past initial defenses.

5. Deep Fakes

The rise of AI has paired well with the rise of deep fakes: this is fabricated media where one person’s image or video is convincingly replaced by another. These deceptive creations have significant implications, especially in fraud and misinformation campaigns, as they enable the production of false evidence, the spread of fake news, and the manipulation of online content, which can be greatly abused.

Digital literacy is crucial in identifying deep fakes, as well as implementing strict authentication measures for important communications and transactions. Organizations should also have protocols in place for verifying the authenticity of digital media before sharing it with employees or stakeholders.

6. Cloud Attacks

Cloud computing has become an integral part of the IT strategy for enterprises of all sizes. With the benefits of scalability and flexibility come computer security risks, especially from sophisticated cloud-based attacks. Common cloud attacks include data breaches, hijacking of accounts, and denial-of-service attacks.

To secure your cloud infrastructure, use encryption for sensitive data both in transit and at rest. Implement multi-factor authentication (MFA) for all cloud services and regularly audit user accounts to detect and respond to unauthorized access attempts. Additionally, investing in cloud security solutions and services adds an extra layer of protection.

How to Stay Secure

To further reinforce your computer security, consider the following tips:

  • Invest in advanced cybersecurity technologies like intrusion detection systems and endpoint protection platforms.
  • Stay informed about the latest cybersecurity trends and best practices.
  • Partner with a managed services provider (MSP) like Telewire to ensure comprehensive protection for your digital assets.

Enlist Telewire for Your Security

Cybersecurity is a critical component of any business’s operations, and staying abreast of emerging threats is key to maintaining a strong defense. Telewire offers an array of managed security services, including threat intelligence, security monitoring, and incident response.Telewire’s managed security services provide the expertise and support you need to keep your digital assets secure. Don’t wait until it’s too late; choose Telewire for a proactive approach to your computer security needs.