Companies are becoming more and more aware of cyberattacks. But hackers know that companies know about them. Because of that, cyberattacks are growing more advanced and devastating. 

Data breaches cost companies an average of $3.92 million. More than 60% of companies say their data may have been compromised. Oftentimes, they don’t know because hackers hide their footsteps. 

You need to be aware of the most common cyber attacks in 2021. Then, you need to move your security forward. Here is a quick guide on four different types of attacks. 

1. Phishing

In any given year, the most common cyberattack is phishing. More than 110,000 people were the victims of phishing in 2019. That’s nearly two times bigger than the next-highest crime type. 

Phishing occurs when a hacker uses a false identity to trick someone into handing over their personal information. They create a convincing-looking email or social media account, and the victim submits their information. 

Every company should educate their employees on phishing. Tell them that your company will never ask for their personal information through emails. Instruct them to ignore anything that asks for passwords or corporate data.

2. PDF Scams

PDF scams also operate through emails. The emails say that company policies have changed, and the user can read more information in the attached PDF. 

When they do, the PDF downloads malware or ransomware. PDF scams are proving more effective than phishing because the user has to give no information. Many people associate PDFs with businesses, so they click on PDFs without thinking. 

Place virus protection on all company computers. Use managed IT services that can update your virus protection and provide security strategies. 

3. Smishing

SMS-based phishing is called “smishing.” It is similar to phishing but has some important differences. 

Hackers send an SMS text to a user’s phone. The text message contains a link that the user is asked to click on.

When they do, the attack begins. The browser opens and the user inputs sensitive information into it. The link then prompts a download that places malware on the phone.

Like phishing, a company can train its employees against smishing. Tell your employees not to open any links they receive.

4. Attacks on Home Devices

Working from home will continue into 2021. Hackers know that most companies have formal IT protections. But they know that many people at home do not. 

Many home devices are configured to corporate networks. A hacker can use ransomware or malware, disabling a network through connections to one device. 

Make sure your employees are following cybersecurity measures at home. When they return to the workplace, disable connections to home devices. 

The Most Common Cyberattacks in 2021

Cyberattacks are on the rise. Keep your business safe by understanding the most common ones. 

Phishing and smishing trick users into transmitting personal information. Train your employees not to follow instructions that they aren’t expecting. 

PDF scams insert malware into devices. Instruct your employees not to open suspicious PDFs. Keep home devices safe and minimize their connections to your networks. 

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