With the online world weaving into our everyday lives tighter, cybersecurity becomes increasingly essential. The cybersecurity industry faces a host of threats that threaten corporations as well as individuals, and here’s a list of the biggest ones in 2019.
Phishing is an attack designed to steal personal data by fooling people into opening a link that will lead to a malware being installed into your device without your knowledge. We’ve all encountered fishy emails that scream ‘scam’ all over them, but these online attacks are now more convincingly authentic and therefore harder to detect. When successful, these attacks not only steal credit card and other financial information but are also able to get into a company’s confidential database.
Cybercriminals take hostage of private or company databases and then demand hefty amounts in exchange for getting back access. The past year, companies have lost around $8 billion from falling victim to this increasingly common cyber threat, and analysts expect this number to go up in 2019. From damaged reputations to spending thousands of dollars on cyber insurance, both small and big businesses struggle to remedy the damage ransomware inflicts.
Internet of Things (IoT) Attacks
More and more devices that we use daily are now connected to the IoT, from laptops to home appliances to smartwatches and even cars or jets. Being able to wirelessly control devices may offer a great deal of convenience, but it also brings about a perfect target for cybercriminals. IoT devices can be used to reveal locations and leak private data for a profit. Hacked devices even get used to carrying out online attacks on domain system servers.
Electronic Medical Record (EMR) Threats
Patient medical records are now transferred to online systems for ease of information sharing among healthcare professionals. Similar to the IoT, the advantage EMRs give unfortunately leaves patient profiles and histories vulnerable to invasions. Medical equipment could be remotely controlled by hackers who could dangerously tamper with the operation of these devices and endanger patients’ lives.
Anything that can be accessed online has the potential to be hacked, which means all kinds of data is not safe without protection. From firewalls to data encryption, keeping your data safe is an investment that’s worth looking into, especially in this digital age.