4 digital locks; 3 are blue and secure, the second last lock is red and not secure 2018 has just begun and already there have been quite a few cyber-attack scares worldwide – international issues with North Korea and Russia being at the forefront of these worries. As technology continues to develop, businesses are increasingly dependent on it. It’s important to acknowledge that cyber threats could affect your business and it’s a good idea to have solid cyber defences in place to protect yourself from attacks.

So how does the rest of 2018 look as far as cyber crime is concerned, and how can you protect your business? Here are three cyber threats to be aware of this year:

Data breaches messing with the way you do business

Hackers are getting better at accessing data. In fact, in 2017 the massive cyber attack on Equifax, a credit reporting agency, made headlines when it was revealed that social security numbers and other sensitive data were stolen directly from their servers. This goes to show that big targets are not off limits to cyber criminals. Predictions for 2018 suggest that other data brokers could be at risk of cyber attacks, and in particular, those that contain information about people’s web browsing habits. This is because the data broker industry is largely unregulated, making it an easy target for nefarious hackers. Whether you’re a big company or a small one, protecting your data and that of your clients should be a priority.

Ransomware attacks on the rise

2017 saw a rise in ransomware attacks, with the NHS being crippled from an attack that saw their entire system shut down. In 2018, predictions indicate that cloud computing businesses – those which contain large amounts of date for other companies – are likely targets for cyber criminals. Big cloud companies, like Amazon and Google, have strong digital security procedures in place to protect their data, making them harder to attack. It’s the smaller companies, then, that are potentially more vulnerable to being hacked because they either don’t realise the risk or their security is limited. If you’re a small cloud computing business, invest in effective security measures to keep your business safe.

AI used against you

Both sides of the cyber crime game are using AI technology: the good guys are using it to anticipate attacks, while the bad guys are using it to swindle others. One of the best things about machine-learning AI models is that they can work to protect your business by identifying cyber crime early on before it has a chance to do any damage. Unfortunately, such technologies can also be used during phishing scams and for instigating business-wide fraud. As a business owner, you should be aware of the potential AI can have in safeguarding your business. At the same time, you should also acknowledge the dangers it can pose and how hackers can use it against you.

It’s not all doom and gloom

If reading about these cyber threats has left you feeling daunted and concerned, it’s not necessarily a bad thing. After all, feeling worried about how cyber threats can impact your business means that you’re willing to do something about it.

It’s also important to realise that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel – Blackhawk Intelligence. We are experts in identifying cyber threats and dealing with them effectively. Our aim is to help you protect your business by giving you the tools and support you need to keep yourself safe from cyber criminals who want to take advantage of you.

The types of cyber attacks that we can investigate include:

  • Extortion, fraud and phishing attempts
  • Hacking operations
  • Illicit distribution
  • Insider activity
  • Malware
  • Network attacks
  • Network intrusions
  • Unauthorised access

You can rely on Blackhawk to reduce the threat of cyber crime to your business and to help you combat criminals who attempt to help themselves to your data. In particular, we focus on four main avenues of cyber crime: prevention, protection, detection and response.

For more information on how Blackhawk can help your business stay safe from cyber attacks in 2018, call us today on 020 7788 8983 to speak to a cyber crime specialist.