If you own your own company, you have to take time to ensure your company's data and personal information is safe. There will always be someone out there that tries to break into company networks causing damage that could be detrimental. Below are different types of cyber security threats you could encounter, as well as what you should do if you are attacked.
Malware includes things like Trojan horses, worms, viruses, adware, and spyware. If you have malware, you may notice your network slow way down, have pop up messages that show a message like "your computer may be infected" along with a link for you to click on to "fix" your computer. Once you click on the link, the website you arrive at will put the types of malware listed above on your system.
Malware can cause a lot of damage as it can reformat hard drives, which is wiping out all information on the drive. It can also delete or change individual files, steal personal information, take complete control over your system and send emails that show you are the sender.
Botnets are very sneaky as they can easily remain undetected. They can be dangerous, however. They are known as robots, which is shortened to bots, and create several infected files, also known as zombies, onto your network. The maker of these bots remotely controls them. Once on your system, they can spread malware, send emails that have viruses attached, and more.
Phishing is easy for a cyber criminal to execute on a computer system. This type of security threat sends you fake emails that look like they came from companies like your bank or other online loan websites. If you click on the link, the website will look exactly like the original website. If you look at the address bar, however, you will see a small difference when compared to the address bar of the legitimate site.
If you click on the link on the website and log into your account, the cyber criminal "grabs" this information and then can easily steal all your personal information, such as your checking account number or credit card numbers.
Fortunately, there are many things you can do to protect your network from these threats.
There are lawyers that specialize in cybersecurity. If you find your information was stolen or any other problems, you should contact this type of lawyer to help you. This lawyer can counsel you on ways you can protect your network to prevent this from happening again.
The lawyer can also research and try to find who attacked your system. If found, you can sue this person. If you already had security software installed on your network and it failed to work, you can sue the company that made this software. You do have to prove that the software was installed correctly on your system, however.
Your cybersecurity lawyer can go over this information with you in much more detail, as well as explain to you other things they can do to help you. To learn more, contact a law firm like Vandeventer Black LLP.
It is an ongoing process to keep your network safe from predators so make sure you always keep all security software up to date.