As more businesses deploy innovative and market-disturbing IT technologies and software solutions, they also make room for new cybersecurity threats. Cybercrime has gone sky-high in the last three years and continues to grow.
Hackers now have increasingly sophisticated and professionalized tools for launching more subtle threats at any scale. They invest tremendous efforts to design, build, and deploy cyber attacks that even the most advanced cybersecurity systems can’t detect and mitigate.
Thankfully, countermeasures evolve at the same pace and create a thriving cybersecurity landscape that empowers organizations to protect their operations with the latest hack-proof systems and solutions. With that in mind, let’s delve deeper into the latest cybersecurity threats you should know about to ensure steady business growth in the digital age.
Malware, ransomware, and data breaches are the most common cyber threats in the online business world. Hackers launch these attacks to get their hands on valuable corporate data that they can then sell to third-parties or misuse in other ways. Destructive malware forms such as wipers are even worse, as they do far more than just breach information – they delete it permanently.
Malware is now present in every industry across the world, but as of late, malware attacks mostly target software providers and IT companies. For example, let’s say you’re working with Docker containers to deploy application products.
Naturally, you’d count on the isolation between containers that Docker provides to mitigate all security risks. However, malware attackers have found new vulnerabilities inside Docker images that they can use to inject malware attacks into Docker containers right next to genuine applications.
Thankfully, that’s nothing you can’t fix with container image scanning. Docker image scanners help you scan Docker images by layer automatically to check for malware infections and mitigate them before they escalate.
In addition, mobile malware has become quite a serious threat in the last few years. It’s capable of mimicking your everyday mobile apps, such as games, flashlights, and QR code readers, and then wreaking havoc to your system from the shadows.
Ransomware is a more advanced version of malware that aims to extort payments by stealing and encrypting user data. Ransomware data encryption alienates your data from you by denying access to it so that hackers can exchange your data for a ransom.
Once you pay the ransom, you’ll receive recovery instructions. Ransomware has become widespread lately. However, its growth has forced companies to succumb to all available remediation solutions. Today, businesses use advanced focused security systems to detect and mitigate malware and ransomware threats before they reach the target data sources.
In addition, most enterprises keep most of their sensitive data in the cloud, making it easier to restore from backups without paying to get their data back.
Third-party threats in the cloud
Businesses are increasingly migrating to the cloud environment due to the inevitable digital transformation requirements. However, even the cloud isn’t resilient to security vulnerability factors, such as the cloud-shared security model.
While this model can protect your data, it can also expose your infrastructure to the latest cyber exploits. In addition, hackers have been increasingly targeting cloud service providers. They focus their attacks on cloud solutions these providers offer to gain access to not only valuable data but entire IT infrastructures and tech stacks.
How to mitigate cyber threats
Since cybercrime never sleeps, you must cope with the latest cyber threats by expanding your cybersecurity architecture and IT infrastructure to mitigate new threats and attack techniques. Though this can become an increasingly complex task, it’s the only way to protect your company against advanced threats.
Before investing in new protective measures, keep in mind that there’s no one-size-fits-all solution here. If you’re thinking about applying specialized solutions, you must first consider your current IT infrastructure, all the tools in your tech stack, and your security architecture.
This practice can help you avoid harming your current state of affairs. In addition, it will also streamline the process of configuring, managing, and monitoring your corporate security systems. Security consolidation is the best way to go, as it allows you to bring all the required security capabilities under one hub.
In return, you’ll achieve enhanced threat management, more effective attack mitigation, and more efficient cybersecurity across every vertical of your organization.
The cyber attack landscape is constantly on the move. It evolves as IT solutions change, allowing hackers to develop new techniques and build new hacking tools. Modern-day cybersecurity risk management requires you to think like a hacker and deploy defenses that can detect and mitigate threats before they escalate.
Taking the proactive approach to cybersecurity and implementing prevention-centric solutions is the most effective way to ensure comprehensive, preventative, and consolidated security across your entire infrastructure.