Is Technology Affecting Cyber-security?

A look into how technological advances can make cyber-security vulnerable

Taba Zimmerman

We all use some form of technology in almost every aspect of our lives on a daily basis; whether it be the computer we use for work, our cell phones or entering credit card information on an e-commerce site to make a purchase. The demand for these technologies, and advances in them, is growing at an exponential rate. But what about protecting these technologies from people who would abuse them to perform criminal acts?

Cyber-attacks have increased in the last few years and vulnerabilities of the technologies we use have increased with them. There are many different forms of cyber-attacks, a few of which are listed below:

  • Business Email Compromise (BEC) attacks use fraudulent emails to attack commercial, government and non-profit organizations to attain an outcome with negative effects to victim organization.

  • Distributed Denial of Services (DDoS) attacks are attacks in which the offender attempts to make a computer or network resource unavailable to its intended users by provisionally or indeterminately disrupting services of a host connected to the Internet.

  • Spear phishing attacks are attempts to gain account credentials or financial information from users by masquerading as a legitimate entity during an electronic communication. These usually occur through misleading emails or other online messaging.

  • Trojan-horse malware attacks are attacks that mislead users of their true intentions. It can disguise itself as legitimate software and tricks users into loading and executing the malware onto their systems, thereby allowing the hackers and cyber-thieves access to their systems.

  • Ransomware attacks are performed by using malware that holds data hostage and threatens to publish the victim’s sensitive data or blocks access to specific critical systems until a ransom is paid.

With these kinds of attacks becoming more frequent, there has been an increase in the demand for cyber-security to protect businesses and individuals from these cyber criminals. There are many security systems that you can purchase, and many more are released each year. While these security technologies can handle a good deal of these malicious intents, they cannot stop them all. Most security measures that have been implemented, have only been done so in the aftermath of an attack to prevent it from happening again. The inability for security systems to get ahead of these cyber criminals and stop them before they can act could be due to how quickly technology is advancing. Security systems cannot predict every possible means of utilizing technology in a malicious manner, but there are some ways that the users can help prevent and protect their data from being accessed by cyber criminals:

  • Be sure to download the latest patch updates for your operating system and third party applications

  • Filter out potentially dangerous email attachments 

  • Teach users how to identify malicious links and attachments

  • Check into services that prevent exploitation such as Microsoft’s Enhanced Mitigation Experience Toolkit

  • Always have a backup plan in case you need to restore your data

If you’re an AWS Cloud user, AWS Security Hub gives a comprehensive view of high-priority security alerts and compliance status across your AWS accounts and provides security tools from firewalls and endpoint protection to vulnerability and compliance scanners.

While following these suggested preventative practices will not stop every threat or fully protect your data, you should be better able to recover sooner from a data breach. A better option is BeCloud's Secure IT service. Through monitoring, proactive scanning and AI enabled threat detection, BeCloud's Secure IT service can prevent attacks that other security systems miss. Our service is designed to adapt to changing cyber criminal tactics and it provides next level security for all our subscribers.

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