5 Cyber Security Threats to Watch Out for in 2020

A few of the biggest threats include:

1) Phishing/Social Engineering Attacks

2018 saw an enormous amount of phishing attacks against all kinds of targets. According to statistics reported by Small Business Trends, “1 in every 99 emails is a phishing attack. And this amounts to 4.8 emails per employee in a five-day workweek.” Consider just how many emails are sent every single day — which is over 269 billion emails a day if statistics cited by Inc.com are accurate. Furthermore, as stated by Small Business Trends, “Close to a third or 30% [of] phishing emails make it past default security.”

b) How Can I Prevent Phishing Attacks:-

Some effective counters to phishing and other social engineering attacks include:

2) IoT-Based Attacks

The number of internet-connected “smart” devices in homes and businesses are starting to increase. The problem is that not all of these smart devices have strong security installed — creating openings for attackers to hijack these devices to infiltrate business networks.

  • What’s an IoT-Based Attack:- Simply put, an IoT attack is any cyberattack that leverages a victim’s use of internet-connected smart devices (such as Wi-Fi enabled speakers, appliances, alarm clocks, etc.) to sneak malware onto a network. These attacks target IoT devices specifically because they are often overlooked when it comes to applying security patches — making them easier to compromise.
  • How Can I Thwart IoT Attacks:- A key part of preventing IoT-based attacks is having a thorough inventory of all internet-connected devices on your network, and what operating systems they run. Keeping the firmware for these devices up-to-date is also important, as this can help resolve exploits that have been patched by the manufacturer.

3) Ransomware

Ransomware attacks have been on the decline in general over the last year — at least, ransomware attacks targeting individuals are. As noted by ITPro Today, “The rate of detections within businesses rose from 2.8 million in the first quarter of 2018 to 9.5 million in the first quarter of 2019. That’s nearly a 340% increase in detections.”

4) Internal Attacks

One of the biggest ongoing cybersecurity threats faced by any business is its own employees. The inside access that employees have make them capable of inflicting great harm if they choose to abuse their access privileges for personal gain. Or, they may accidentally allow their user accounts to be compromised by attackers, or unknowingly download dangerous malware onto their workstations.

  1. Why Are Insider Attacks a Threat:- The reason why insider attacks remain one of the biggest cybersecurity threats to watch for year after year is that they have an enormous potential to cause damage. One disgruntled or careless employee can break your network security open wide enough to allow for a major data security breach.

5) Asynchronous Procedure Calls in System Kernels

A while back, Ars Technica reported on a major security flaw found in some Huawei MateBook systems that ran the company’s PCManager software. According to Ars Technica, “The company’s PCManager software included a driver that would let unprivileged users create processes with superuser privileges.” This would allow any attackers aware of the flaw to totally bypass a device’s security by using asynchronous procedure calls (APCs) to interrupt system processes and force malware code to run.

  1. What’s an Asynchronous Procedure Call:- As explained in the Ars Technica artilce, APCs, “Are a way to temporarily direct a thread to stop running the function it’s running. Instead, they switch to running a different function; when that different function finishes, the tread resumes the original function from where it left off.” The problem driver in the article was meant to be a means of ensuring the software it was part of would keep running in case it crashed, but it also posed a serious cybersecurity risk.

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Priya Reddy

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