One of the biggest problems with cyber security is that the forms of attack are always changing. If we were still working on the same computers with the same software that we were a decade ago, most every type of attack could be addressed. But because we’re constantly using new software and hardware as we expand the needs of our business, new kinds of attacks are always being created.
Those who are in the tech department know this all too well, so today’s blog really isn’t going to tell them anything new. But if you’re working with the tech team looking for a web security company such as Ingalls Information Security, you might not be aware of what they deal with on a daily basis and how our IT security solutions can help ameliorate these issues. Today we’re going to go over a few of the most common cyber security attacks we battle.
When most people hear the word “virus” in relation to computers, they’re talking about a form of malicious software, or malware. Malware refers to any type of software that has gotten into a server or on a computer with the intent of destroying information, stealing information, locking a user out, or causing some other form of harm. Viruses are certainly the most well-known type of malware, but there are also bots, ransomware, rootkits, adware, Trojan horses, spyware, and worms. Digital security companies must be up to date with all of their defenses against these malicious programs.
Denial Of Service (DoS) Attacks
A denial of service attack is created when an attacker sends so many requests to a server that the server can no longer accept any legitimate requests. It’s essentially flooding the highway with driverless, stalled cars so that real people can’t drive through. Often the attacker will enlist unwilling computers to make this happen, which is known as a DDoS, or distributed denial of service attack.
At Ingalls Information Security, we like to focus not only on digital attacks but also on the security attacks that can be facilitated by unwilling employees. While most employees of today know to not click on links or files from strange web addresses, phishing occurs when an attacker sends email to employees that appear to be legitimate and convinces them to reveal private personal or company information. Ingalls Information Security can help keep those types of emails out in the first place and also train your employees on how to react when they get through.
SQL Injection Attack
Viruses and malware can attack at the individual computer level, but SQL attacks at the server level. SQL is a computer language that is used to manage the information stored in databases. SQL injection attacks introduce malicious code into the program that can then be used to steal large amounts of information at once. This is especially bad if the lost information contained customers’ financial or medical information.
Those are far from the only types of attacks that your tech department and internet security company has to deal with, but they’re certainly some of the most common and dangerous. Contact Ingalls Information Security and we can help your company employ the proper cyber security solutions.