5 Common Threats to Company Networks

As network security risks continue to rise, the necessity for you to guard your business against cyber attacks has never been more crucial. Most of a company’s daily operations are done online. If something were to happen to a company’s network, it could mean a significant loss in revenue, loss in productivity, and loss of important data. Safeguard your company’s network by knowing what to be on the lookout for. 

1. Phishing

Phishing is a method of online fraud that is designed to steal sensitive information, such as credit card numbers and passwords. Phishing attacks impersonate reputable banking institutions, websites, and personal contacts. After you click a link or reply to the message, you are prompted to enter your financial information or use your credentials. Once you enter the information, it is sent off and received by a malicious source. Unsuspecting employees can fall victim to phishing and impact the entire company. 

2. Computer Viruses 

Computer viruses are one of the most common network threats in cybersecurity. They’re pieces of software that are designed to be spread from one computer to another. They’re often sent as email attachments or downloaded from a website with the intent to infect your computer and other computers on your contact list through systems on your network. Computer viruses are dangerous for companies because they can disable security settings, send spam, steal data from your computer, and even delete everything off a hard drive. 

3. Malware

Malware is malicious software used to disrupt, damage, or gain unauthorized access to a computer system. It spreads spyware, Trojan, and worms through pop-up ads, infected files, fraudulent websites, or email messages. Malware is especially dangerous for companies since their network holds valuable information. Client information, financial information, and much more is at risk when a computer is attacked by malware.

4. Unsuspecting Employees

Even the most trustworthy employees can pose a threat to your company’s network security. A lack of education about best security practices can put your company at risk. Even with the best network security, you’ll still need to educate your employees about the best way to protect the company’s data. You can also curate a list of websites they shouldn’t visit on the company network. 

5. Outdated Software

When you’re in the middle of doing work and get a notification that your security needs to be updated, you’re most likely not going to stop what you’re doing to update it. Instead, you tell yourself to do it later when you aren’t doing work. However, sometimes you forget to come back and update your security software. The result of outdated security software is a network that is slowed down to the point where you can’t get work done. It can also cause your site to crash. So be sure to keep your software up to date. 

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