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Unless you’ve had it happen to you, it’s all too easy to underestimate the impact of a cyber attack on your business. From hacking attempts and phishing scams to full-on denial of service (DoS) attacks, there are so many ways in which cybercriminals are constantly targeting your business as well as your employees. Though you might be unaware of it even as it’s happening, here are several means through which cybercriminals target your employees.
Rerouting Direct Deposit Paychecks
If one of your employees mentioned that their paycheck was a little off, you may not immediately be concerned. After all, basic accounting errors happen to even the largest of businesses. However, when you go to investigate the issue, you notice that something isn’t right. The pay stub says the full check should have been properly deposited. So if it’s not an accounting error, what caused it?
There’s a distinct possibility that it might’ve been caused by a cyber attack. Most commonly, this is done through deceptive phishing emails that appear as though they’ve come from within your organization in an attempt to capture an employee’s login information. Once they’ve successfully acquired it, cybercriminals are able to reroute the payment information to change the direct deposit’s final destination. It’s an unfortunate reality and though many banks are willing to handle chargebacks, there’s a distinct possibility that you might take a financial hit.
Hacking Attempts That Affect Your Website
Whether it’s as a result of ineffective passwords or unprotected emails that don’t make use of two-factor authentication security, there are numerous ways in which your employees are highly vulnerable to hacking from day to day. Especially if a hacker is able to acquire access to an employee email, any connected information is prone to attack, as well. Most commonly, drives and cloud networks are connected to these emails which means that your site’s login information may be compromised.
If a hacker gains access to your website, they’re able to do untold amounts of damage, not only to your code, but to your reputation, as well. If you don’t have a means to monitor web page for changes, the effects a hacker has on your site might go unnoticed for lengthy periods of time during which any number of current and prospective clients might have seen incorrect information, corrupted web pages, and missing links. Site hacking also compromises any sensitive information stored on your site.
Data theft leaves you liable.
How many times have you opened an email from a business you frequent only to realize they’re letting you know that they’ve been the victims of a data breach? Chances are it’s been at least a couple times. It damages brand trust and makes you question them, further patronizing that business. After all, if you can’t trust them with confidential information, why do they deserve your money?
The same goes for your business. If sensitive data is stolen from your employees, think of how that reflects on your reputation. Data thefts that include your customers’ personal information and credit card numbers are especially worrisome. It’s paramount that you have the right protections in place to prevent your employees from falling prey to data theft attempts.
Keep your company safe.
If you’re unsure of how to handle your company’s cybersecurity on your own, it’s probably time to reach out to trained professionals to handle your needs. Consider a custom solution that ticks every box your unique business is considering and enforce a two-factor authentication system for employee access to your systems. By taking the right steps to amp up security, you’re preventing the risk of any future cyber attacks.