Last year saw some of the biggest cybersecurity attacks in years. The Equifax and WannaCry attacks were among some of the most significant. These data breaches not only affected millions of consumers but significantly damaged the companies’ reputations. Fortunately, the businesses impacted by these attacks were large and able to bounce back fairly quickly. However, 60% of small businesses go out of business in just six short months after being the victim of a cyber attack. Because of this, it’s important for small businesses, in particular, to be aware of upcoming cybersecurity threat trends. This article is going to take a look at some predicted cybersecurity trends for 2018.
Increase in PowerShell-based attacks. Some of the biggest attacks in 2017 relied on malicious scripts to maintain persistence in connecting to the device and to communicate with compromised websites. These script-based attacks are extremely difficult to identify. Because of this, they can avoid antivirus software with ease.
Use of KRACK. The vulnerability known as KRACK can be used against all modern Wi-Fi networks. Because almost everyone utilizes Wi-Fi at work or at home, this leaves devices vulnerable to having the Wi-Fi authentication process intercepted. With this interception, hackers can access all of the data that is sent and received over the network. This information then can be used for theft, blackmail, and other types of crime.
More worms will be used. Hackers used worm functionality to spread malware and wreak havoc over the past few years. Because network compromise from worms spreads much quicker than other methods, hackers are expected to increase their use of worms. When used correctly, worms can reach a large number of servers in a short amount of time.
So how can businesses protect themselves against cyber attacks? For starters, SQL database development should be done very carefully. SQL database development should be done with protection as a main priority. Furthermore, businesses should work closely with their SQL database consultant companies to ensure their systems are always upgraded to the latest versions. SQL Server consultants can help businesses make sure their data is backed up and protected.
Because there are many different types of database security options, it’s important to trust the SQL Server expert when it comes to choosing the right one for your business. With the chance of facing a cyber attack, it’s up to you to make sure your data is protected as well as possible. To find out more, contact us today.