Cyber attacks are one of the most feared threats at present, after a 2017 that emerged as the black year for companies in cybersecurity incidents; We all hear the WannaCry or Petya that have managed to put ransomware attacks on the radar because of their impact and voracious propagation.
This first quarter of 2018, there seems to be a change in trend; On the contrary, cyber attacks continue to be the scourge of business leaders, producing important gaps due to known vulnerabilities. But not only because of the large corporations that spread fraud like online gunpowder, but that hacking is indiscriminate and anyone with a device with an Internet connection is susceptible; Moreover, Spain last year broke the record, standing at more than 120,000 recorded incidents, and have predicted an increase of 27% attacks against the public sector and strategic companies, as noted by the National Cybersecurity Institute of Spain (Incibe).
And now the question is, what awaits us in this 2018?
Cyber attacks will be more aggressive and sophisticated in 2018
The virulence of cyber attacks will be much greater and its destructive effect will be much greater. This fact poses a challenge for companies and entrepreneurs, CEOs and executives must prioritize vulnerabilities as they prepare cybersecurity plans for 2018, particularly in the face of the imminent shadow of the implementation of GDPR.
The threats are creative, this makes them increasingly sophisticated; come the "Fileless" calls, without an associated file, linked to hardware components, and slip into our systems by tricking users or employees. Therefore, from MyIdeal-IT we never tire of repeating that attacks do not come from outside, but that most times they come from internal failures. People are the weakest link and therefore they must be trained and protected with the best cybersecurity software.
As we have seen, hackers have better tools to break cyberdefense, so we tell you about the 3 cyberattacks that could be the most common ones that we are facing in these first four months of the year:
1. Increasing data filtering
Marc Goodman, security expert and author of Future Crimes, believes that companies that store information on elements such as Internet browsing habits of users will also be a critical target of cyber attacks. Recall that with the entry into force in Europe the General Regulation of Data Protection (GDPR, for its acronym in English), assume that companies will have to report data leakage to regulatory authorities and also to inform of the theft of the information to its clients in the 72h after the discovery of this. If not met, companies will face fines of up to 20 million euros or 4% of the company's global revenues.
2. Ransomware in the cloud
Attention should be paid to the protection of businesses that offer cloud services for free and store large amounts of data for other companies or maintain services for the consumer; photo galleries or email. Small businesses can be the big victims to carry out this type of attack. Take note and look for the best clouds providers that guarantee the encryption of your data.
3. Artificial intelligence becomes a weapon
Spear phishing that tries to trick people into installing malware or stealing sensitive data. Currently, machine learning models are at the same level as human beings when it comes to creating false messages and, as an advantage, they have the capacity to produce a greater quantity without exhausting their resources. This will allow hackers to abuse these programs to carry out more cyber frauds and help artificial intelligence to develop malaware aimed at companies' sandboxes.