Given how valuable corporate data is in the modern world, cyber attacks and hacks are more common than ever. Ransomware, malware, code injections, and other breaches are serious problems in the business world – and the costs of damage due to data breaches and cybercrime is expected to hit $2 trillion by 2019.
As more organizations begin to use cloud technology like Office 365, these threats may be even more of a problem. In this article, we’ll take a look at the top 5 Microsoft-related security concerns you should be aware of.
1. Data Breaches
Data breaches can occur for many reasons. Hackers often target vulnerable data centers in order to seek personal information such as credit card numbers and other information that can be sold or used for identity theft.
However, some of the largest data breaches have been caused by simple negligence or ignorance on the part of the responsible company. For example, a Verizon breach that led to the exposure of 14 million customers was caused because their data was being stored on an unencrypted server by a third-party contractor.
2. Insider Attacks
Insider attacks are still one of the most problematic security threats in the world of IT. They can be prevented with proactive identity management and access restrictions, but disgruntled, greedy, or unhappy employees still may have the ability to access protected data, and could cause data breaches.
3. Malware Injections
Malware injections are becoming much more prevalent in our cloud-computing based world. By coding scripts into cloud services that act as “valid instances”, they are allowed to communicate with cloud servers and SaaS software. This means that hackers are often able to breach even the tightest network security precautions.
4. Misplaced And Lost “BYOD” Devices
More employees than ever are using their own smartphones for work, and accessing corporate databases, intranets, and Office 365 programs using their phones. This can lead to a data breach if one of these devices is lost or stolen because a hacker is able to gain access to the protected information that it contains.
5. Phishing And Identity Theft
Despite being one of the oldest methods of hacking, phishing is still a huge problem in IT security. If employees open an email and download an attachment from a malicious attacker, their entire system could be compromised – and they may not even know it. This may be one of the reasons that the spam email volume continues to grow.
Protect Your Company From These 5 Threats!
At K3 Tech, we have years of experience working with Microsoft O365 and cloud-based computing platforms, and we can help you protect your company from the most common threats to your valuable data. Contact us right away to learn more about what we do, and how we can protect you from a potentially catastrophic data loss!
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