Cybersecurity Tips to Protect Your Data!

As 2020 came to a close and 2021 was peeking around the corner, the concerns around the world were continuing to grow for not only health & safety but also concerns for data security and how to better protect your business’s networks.

To help ring in the New Year and start 2021 off right, we wanted to send you some quick tips on the common cybersecurity attacks that can affect all businesses of every size because they are based solely on a humans interaction and assumed trust.

Before we begin, let’s start with the basics and answer a question that has been around since technology became an asset to our lives.. what is Cybersecurity? Cybersecurity is best defined as the practice of protecting systems, networks, and programs from digital attacks. And the most common types of cyber threats are what we will be covering in this article.

Common Threat #1 – Ransomware: 

Ransomware is a type of malicious software designed to extort money by blocking access to files on a single computer and/or network until the ransom is paid. Now keep in mind, paying the ransom doesn’t guarantee that your files will be recovered or your system will be fully restored.

Did You Know? According to industry leaders, the average ransomware attack costs a business $133,000.00


Common Threat #2 – Malware

Malware is software designed to give unauthorized person(s) access or to cause damage to a computer. This can be done through Adware, Spyware, a Virus, Keylogger, Rookit, etc.

Interesting Fact: 34% of businesses hit by malware attacks took a week or more to regain access to their data and the primary threats to expect this year are mobile malware, banking malware & ransomware.


Common Threat #3 – Social Engineering

Social engineering is a newer tactic that adversaries use to trick you into revealing sensitive information. They are able to solicit a monetary payment or gain access to your confidential data and can be combined with any of the other threat types to make you more likely to click a link, download some type of software, or trust a malicious source. This type of malware is geared towards using our human nature and trust against us to make a breach even easier.

Did you know that around 83% of companies report that they experienced some type of phishing or social engineering attack in the previous year.

Common Threat #4 – Phishing Attack

Phishing is the practice of sending fraudulent emails that resemble emails from reputable sources (i.e. your HR manager, a vendor you commonly use, etc).

These emails are sent out with the intent of gaining sensitive information like credit card numbers, login information, etc.

Interesting Fact: This is the most common type of cyberattack & 70% of breaches with a nation-state or state-affiliated actors involved phishing.

As the year comes to an end and we welcome 2021 with high hopes and open arms, we have to remember that even as the world goes back to a somewhat-normal feeling, cyber threats are real and are not going away anytime soon.

Schedule a Discovery Call Today!

If your business does not already have the protocols in place to protect your data and educate your employees on how to identify cyber threats that may come through, click the link above to schedule a call and learn more about our Email Security & Remediation Package. This solution was developed with your data top security in mind to help prevent the catastrophic losses and downtime that are looming behind every possible malware or ransomware attack.

We appreciate your time & continued trust to offer you the best in Managed IT Solutions for your business!

Happy New Year!

Carrie Anne Roethler
Marketing Manager


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