The 4 Cyber Attacks Business Owners Need to Watch Out For

14 June 2022
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More and more purchases are being made online and this transition to a post COVID-19 way of doing business means that safeguarding your company and customer data from cyber-attacks is a must. The first step to protecting yourself and your business is to educate yourself on cyber threats. Here are four cyber-attacks to be aware of to secure your small business.

1. Phishing

According to the FBI, phishing scams more than doubled back in 2020. Phishing strategies are often malicious users posing as a trustworthy source, such as your bank, requesting sensitive information such as your social security number or bank username, password, and account number.

Thanks to social media, phishers have had an easier time launching attacks against company owners in recent years. This is because most business owners, vendors, and workers post their information on the internet for everyone to see. Phishers can use this to generate highly customized emails and webpages that seem exactly like the sources they’re impersonating. This helps increase the chances of duping business owners and their employees.

2. Drive-By Download

The old mantra of “Just don’t click anything and you’ll be okay” when you stumble across something suspicious, is no longer sufficient. Unfortunately, drive-by downloads make it possible for websites to upload malicious software to computers without you even clicking on anything. The assault is started simply by browsing the website. Drive-by downloads are frequently used in conjunction with phishing emails.

3. Malware

Malware is a generic term referring to harmful software that can infect your computer and collect important information. Malware comes in a variety of forms, which you should be aware of:

  • Adware is a type of malware that is frequently packaged with free or pirated software and is meant to display ads, or pop-ups, while you use your computer’s web browser.
  • Spyware is software that monitors and records your activity, such as keystrokes and websites visited, to steal passwords. It might also alter the security settings on your computer.
  • Trojan horses take the form of ordinary files or computer programs. They allow a malicious party access to your computer and data, including your passwords and bank account details once they’ve been downloaded.

4. Point-Of-Sale Hacking

Hackers can use this as one of the more high-profile cyber assaults against your business. A hacker scrapes the credit card information saved on your point-of-sale equipment remotely using this method. This information is typically kept on a PoS device for only a fraction of a second before being encrypted. That microsecond is just enough time for hackers to grab the vital credit card information and transfer it to one or more remote servers.

It is rarely just one credit card number that hackers steal. More often, hackers will gain access to a point-of-sales device and scrape credit card information for months before being detected.

Learn How to Protect Your Business

Every single business is vulnerable to a cyber-attack. When you look at some of the largest cyber breaches, you think of large companies. The names that come to mind are Target, Facebook, Google, Marriott…some of the largest corporations within the US have also suffered some of the largest cyber-attacks. These are companies that invest millions of dollars into cyber security and the procedures implemented to mitigate those losses. A small to midsize business owner is still vulnerable to these kinds of attacks at any time. You might consider these questions and more:

  • Do you collect sensitive data?
  • Are you performing financial transactions?
  • Do you have the ability for human-error?

No matter the security and procedures put into place, if you have a business email and bank account…you are at risk.

Cyber insurance generally covers your business’ liability for a data breach involving sensitive customer information, such as social security numbers, credit card numbers, account numbers, driver’s license numbers and health records. Any business that stores sensitive data in the cloud or on an electronic device should be protected by cyber liability insurance.

Cyber insurance can be essential in helping your company recover after a data breach, with costs that can include business disruption, revenue loss, equipment damages, legal fees, public relations expenses, forensic analysis, and costs associated with legally mandated notifications.

Call 833-819-5009 or speak with an agent at Inszone Insurance Services about Cyber Liability Insurance today!

Chris Tracy - Inszone Insurance Commercial Sales Team Manager

Chris Tracy

Commercial Sales Team Manager

Chris is a Commercial Sales Team Manager at Inszone Insurance Services. His interest in commercial insurance was piqued in the summer of 2010 during an internship with Zurich North America where he came to appreciate the reward of helping businesses understand and defend themselves from risk. Given his background handling claims for Commercial Middle-Market, Global Corporate, and Large Construction accounts, he is able to provide unique insight to clients. Prior to his time in the commercial insurance field, his interest in human behavior culminated in the attainment of a Master’s Degree.

When Chris is not working, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, losing golf balls every way imaginable, trying new wines, and hiking.

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