Do Small Businesses Need Cybersecurity

Oupa Baloyi

By being a small business, the owners of small businesses tend to take cyber-attacks. The underestimation of cyber threats could be attributed to the fact that business owners and staff delusionally think there is nothing worth being stolen, modified, or deleted by cybercriminals. Cybercriminals do not discriminate by size.

Valuable information such as bank account information, customer records, and business finances as well as access to larger networks is all that cybercriminals are looking for.

Small businesses whether they make more or less profit, are also the target of cyber threats. Small businesses are more exposed to cyber threats because they do not expend a great deal of effort beefing up their cybersecurity.

Cybersecurity is the protection of internet-connected systems, including hardware, software, and data from cyber-attacks. Below are the two key cyber threats that small businesses could get exposed to, that this blog brings to the attention.

Malware

Malware simply stands for malicious software. It is any type of software created to harm or exploit another piece of software or hardware. Malware includes viruses, worms, trojans, spyware, ransomware, and any other type of software built with malicious intent.

So how does it gain entry into the system of organisations? It goes into the company’s system, typically through a link on an untrusted website or email or any unwanted software download.

Man-in-the-middle Attack

A Man-in-the-Middle attack involves entering the communication between two endpoints, such as a user and an application. The attacker can eavesdrop on the communication, steal sensitive data, and impersonate each party participating in the communication. The man in the middle is eavesdropping wherein the cyber attacker ends up having sheer control of the whole conversation.

Monster in the middle cyber-attacks brings a severe threat to online security since they allow the monster to capture and manipulate sensitive personal information, such as login credentials, and account details – in actual time.

Hulisa is at your disposal if you need help with more pieces of advice as to cyber attacks. For more information, visit www.hulisa.co.za.

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