In the digital age, businesses are exposed to new threats on a daily basis. Reports suggest cybercrime increased significantly during the pandemic with malicious emails up by 600% in 2021. This has been exacerbated by the shift to remote working. 

You might think that cybercrime is only a risk to large businesses but small businesses account for 43% of cyberattacks, according to Accenture’s Cost of Cybercrime Study

So how can you protect your business from these threats? There are some prominent trends set to continue in 2022 so we’ve delved into what they mean so that you can understand what they are and hopefully not steer clear of them.

Targeted Ransomware

Ransomware attacks are on the rise. One of the biggest ransomware attacks in recent years targeted the NHS, shutting down 70,000 medical computers. An increasing amount of ransomware attacks are targeting larger organisations that heavily rely on machinery and computers to operate. The ransomware will grind the business to a halt. 

While cyber criminals often target large businesses, small businesses and individuals still need to be alert. 

Mobile Targeting

It’s fair to say that our mobile phones are our lives. They’re our emails, cameras, bank cards, and social media profiles. Everything and anything you need is in the palm of your hand which is great and super convenient. But It’s also a goldmine for a hacker.

There’s been a rise of almost 50% in mobile hacking. Keep your eyes peeled for potential smartphone malware attacks and be cautious when downloading files to your phone. We associate hacking and cyber attacks mainly to our computers and laptops but our phones can be just as vulnerable. 

Social Hacking 

Social hacking is a form of phishing scam. You’re probably thinking that a fake email will be easy to spot so you’re never going to fall prey. But social hacking can also include things you wouldn’t expect with hackers mining your social media accounts for tidbits of information and content.

The social media posts that ask to create your ‘rockstar” name by taking 2 bits of personal information and combining them can reveal more than you think. Be careful what you share on social media and be extra vigilant with who you respond to. 

Cloud Vulnerability

Businesses are becoming increasingly reliant on cloud storage which is understandable given the flexibility it offers, especially while we’ve all been working at home. But that cloud storage is a big pinata of data for a hacker, bust it up and let all that precious data poor out.

Cybersecurity tools can be very useful, scanning for viruses and malware but it’s actually user error that often results in a data breach. Training your team can be one of the most valuable strategies to reduce your exposure to risks. 

Remote Work Attacks

Due to the current climate, many businesses are still working remotely. A lot of people simply moved their office setup to their homes but some are accessing their work files via remote desktop software. This has exposed some significant vulnerabilities in this software, including Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Protocol, TeamViewer, and VNC.

Here we’re seeing hackers use phishing scams or brute force attacks to try to force their way into your remote desktop. Once they’re in they have unrestricted access to all your data, files, and private information. 

With increasing threats, make sure your business is protected in 2022. As well as these threats, your business can be exposed when your IT reaches the end of its life. At Tier 1, we guarantee the security of your data during the IT disposal process. Find out how we can support your business with a secure, sustainable solution, and get in touch today for more information. 

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