Most hackers use programs that are called ports scanners to test a network to detect the available services on the internet. The hacker then tries to gain unauthorized access through various methods such as vulnerability exploits, brute-force attack, dictionary attack and many more. Other types of attacks such as Denial of Service (DOS) attack is aimed at bringing an entire network or service to its knees through a total breakdown.
Information Security Basics
There are several reasons why a hacker may attack which include:
- An attempt to steal vital information from a network
- An attempt to see if you have ignored cyber security best practices
- As a test or experiment
- To cause reputational damage to an organization
We can take inference from a report published by a state agency to estimate the frequency of security breaches.
- About 81% of the large organization had a security breach in times past.
- About 60% of small businesses have experienced a security breach.
- More than half of the respondent believe there will be more security-related incidence in the following year.
Taking inference from security logs of the devices we manage, hacking attempts take place several times in a day. The log show continuous efforts to gain unauthorized access to the network.
Viruses, worms and trojan attacks have the same goals, i.e. of hijacking your system and running malicious codes on it. However, their mode of operations differ. A virus is a computer program that has a detrimental effect on a computer system; a worm is a type of infection that replicates itself and can spread through media and network, while a trojan is a malicious program that is disguised as a good application or add-on- it can also be an email attachment. It works by deceiving the user to take an action that executes the program
The most common attack of ransomware is the WannaCry attack that took place in May 2017. Ransomware can spread through security exploits or as a trojan. It encrypts all the data on a victim’s device when it executes and then demands that the victim pay a ransom usually in cryptocurrency.
Fortyfying Your Organization
Dealing with security breaches can be estimated in several ways. The cost of data loss cannot truly be determined in monetary value. Damage in public confidence, business loss, and public reputation cannot be quantified in financial terms. The cost of reconfiguration of the systems and network along with carrying out repairs where applicable can range from thousands to millions of dollars. Thus, fortyfying your organization before a breach occurs is paramount.
It is possible for a security threat to exist on a network for a long time and go without getting detected. Joint research by HP and security agencies Think Tank and Research Centre revealed that an average security threat exists for about 180 days without being caught. The crux is that the longer the risk the more damage that could have been done. Therefore, threat detection is vital in the design of a corporates security.
The pricing structure of our services differ from one organization to the other due to the different settings, equipment and existing security status of an organization. Therefore the tasks involved in each project vary and so does the costing. We provide a custom quote to clients after an initial assessment of all the different systems and networks involved in a project.
Our approach towards enterprise security entails prevention of security threats and finding a solution to existing security challenges. We help our clients access their current situation, strength, and weaknesses and make the right recommendations. You can take a look at the services section of Cybernetiv’s website for a list of services we offer.