As a website owner, chances are you’ve heard a great deal about malware. But you may wonder what exactly malware is, and why it’s such a serious threat to your website and your site’s visitors. In this article, we’ll cover some of the most common types of malware that every website owner needs to know in order to protect their business from cyber threats, as well as how to protect you site with the right malware removal solution if your site is infected.
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What’s the biggest expense your business faces? Whether it’s rent, payroll, or something else, there’s one potentially huge cost many business owners don’t factor in until they’re facing it – the cost of recovering from a cyberattack.
A data breach, ransomware attack or other digital attack that knocks your website offline can cost your business anywhere from thousands to millions of dollars in remediation, lawsuits from customers and fines by regulators. These kinds of crimes are rampant and target businesses of all sizes. The problem is so severe and widespread that Cybersecurity Ventures projects that cyberattacks will cost organizations worldwide $6 trillion by 2021.
Even a company with the most sophisticated cybersecurity tools and expert security teams can fall prey to cybercriminals if they overlook one area of vulnerability: their people. Humans can be distracted, intimidated and especially – misled. In fact, 97% of us can’t tell a phishing email from a legitimate one. Cybercriminals know this, which is why phishing attacks account for more than 80% of reported security incidents and why 54% of companies say their data breaches were caused by “negligent employees.”
Businesses of any size can fight back by providing their employees with cyber security awareness training and implementing other security best practices across their organization. This kind of cost-effective program can help your employees to understand cyber threats. That knowledge can empower them to protect your organization by spotting red flags and reporting them to IT.
According to recent research, malware currently infects an estimated 12.8 million websites globally. These infections make sites vulnerable to takeovers, defacement and data breaches from bad actors looking to tarnish site reputations and turn a profit – and the costs can be devastating for businesses. In fact, the average data breach now costs businesses $1.9 million, which is enough to significantly impact any organization – regardless of size.
To avoid the harmful impacts of a cyberattack, businesses should get proactive about protecting their site now, before the damage is done. Here are our top 4 cybersecurity tips your business can deploy now to get proactive on preventing data breaches, site defacement, DDoS attacks and other threats that put your sites at risk.
In the age of data, with organizations creating trillions of gigabytes of new information each year, it’s easy to think of cybersecurity as a mere synonym for “data protection.” But cybersecurity is so much more. By shielding companies’ data and systems from organized criminal attacks, cybersecurity programs also protect businesses from operational interruptions, financial losses, legal penalties, and the destruction of customer trust.
Research reveals that 68% of small- to medium-sized businesses have no policy to ensure cybersecurity, perhaps due to a belief that they don’t have anything worth stealing. However, the truth is that businesses of all sizes hold valuable data in their hands, and cybercriminals work to create new sophisticated attack methods to acquire this information.
An unfortunate reality for SMBs is that 43% of all cyberattacks target small businesses. Because many small business owners are often busy and strapped for time, cybersecurity might not be a top priority. In order to protect your business, customers, and data, it’s essential you’re aware of the ever-evolving methods cybercriminals use to target SMBs and their customers.
To help you get started, we break down the most common attacks into a simple small business cybersecurity guide for your business. We’ll examine the techniques cybercriminals deploy to target businesses and their customers. Additionally, we’ll outline some of the most common cybersecurity threats and offer steps you can take today to protect your website from cyberattacks in the future.
As a small business, your website is a critical component of your success — in fact, it’s hard to be in business at all without a website these days. SEO is vital to ensuring your website gains the most visibility from as many potential customers as possible. Small businesses spend an average of $497 per month on SEO services to improve search rankings, keyword selection, and number of backlinks. However, an increased focus on SEO among small businesses has led to a popular type of cyberattack with the potential to destroy your search rankings.
Negative SEO attacks (also called SEO spam attacks) accounted for more than half of all cyberattacks in 2018 and have become increasingly common. This number was also up 7.3% from the previous year. These attacks sink website search rankings by deluging sites with countless files containing malicious keywords and backlinks. Search rankings can make or break a small business, so understanding how to strengthen SEO security and prevent these types of attacks is a must.
As a website owner, data loss can cause serious issues for your business. You can defend your site from the top cybercriminals, have the best hosting platform, and secure your platform with a strong password, but none of this is relevant if you aren’t performing website backups on a consistent basis.
It’s essential for businesses to backup sites regardless if you are a small or large business. You rely on your website to promote your brand, attract clients, and perhaps even generate revenue via ecommerce capabilities. If you don’t back up your site, you risk losing thousands of hours of your website content in a single moment. How do you put a price tag on irrecoverable data loss? You can’t!
If you’re a small business owner looking to boost your cybersecurity efforts, you’ve likely come across the term “OWASP Top 10.” The Open Web Application Security Project, or OWASP, is a nonprofit group of cybersecurity experts who aim to make cybersecurity resources easily accessible to any business or individual interested in learning about the risks that exist online today.
The OWASP Top 10 is a list of the most critical web application security risks that anyone with a website should know about, and it’s an especially great resource for small and midsize businesses (SMBs). SMBs tend to have less budget and fewer resources available to defend against cyberattacks, so they’ve become a popular target for bad actors. The OWASP Top 10 list can help pinpoint possible vulnerabilities to help establish your cybersecurity priorities.
However, there are three threats from the OWASP Top 10 list that we think SMBs should know about and address immediately. Keep reading to learn more about these threats, as well as tips for securing your business against them.
Cybercriminals are stealthy in their attacks — especially when financial gains are involved. With this type of attack, hitting the jackpot requires time and patience. Regardless, cybercriminals also employ “noisy” attacks, or ones intended for victims and other website visitors to see. These typically promote very radical or personal views on various subjects. Some common attacks, however, can be either noisy or stealthy, just like the notoriously clever URL redirect attack.