4 Common IT Security Threats and Vulnerabilities

We know 2 things for certain about data: 1. It is your organization’s most invaluable asset, 2. It must be protected. At all times, organizations should be free of the worry that their data is safe, or that there are any potential loopholes in their security. Despite common assumptions, the sophistication of malware and data threats are increasingly sophisticated and your organization’s security strategy relies heavily on out-smarting these threats through rapid detection. 


While your organization might already have a perceived “iron-clad” IT security plan in place, here are 4 common threats and vulnerabilities to keep on the radar: 

  • Malware


Malware is so common, and a regular occurrence on many systems making organizations likely to fall victim to its attacks. Crafty messages and pop-ups prompting normal occurrences like updates can make your team susceptible to a malware attack. 


Here’s how to deal with it. Monitor your Active Directory and file service activities in order to easily detect security and configuration issues. Once you detect a problem, alert your network administrator and address them immediately in order to create an efficient and fully functioning network. 

  • Ransomware


Ransomware, the bigger, badder and bolder malware. Though a type of malware, ransomware, as the name suggests will hold your data hostage, encrypt it and then demand something from you in exchange for your data. Security loopholes (see our blog post on this here) such as outdated versions of software make it easy for hackers to find an open door into an organization’s system and data.


Protect your data from ransomware by performing regular OS updates to keep your team and organization safe, regularly update the organization’s directory and make use of conditional access for current users by using tools like multi-factor authentication. Provide compulsory and continuous IT training within your organization, monitor employee behavior, correct potential threatening activities and foster an environment where employees advocate for safety and security.

  • Phishing scams


Phishing scams can be known as malware’s favorite vector and are one of the most common cyber crimes. These types of scams make for some of the oldest tricks in the book, and are easy to execute, which can yield great returns if successful. They can appear as pop-ups to verify credentials or re-enter passwords. 


The best tip? Know how to spot a phishing scam, notify your network of any potential threats and understand the importance of your IT frontline. Strengthen your organization’s line of defence constantly in order to build a strong defence for your data and organization. 

  • Hacks and Insider Threats


If you’ve made it to this point, you know that hacking attempts and data breaches are not to be taken lightly. They can cost you literally and figuratively with your data. In addition to the above, these threats can tarnish your organization’s reputation with partners, clients and internal team as falling victim to hacks can threaten not only your organization, but everyone you work with. As companies evolve, so does their work force. As employees resign and relocate to potential competitors they may inadvertently create threats to your organization by handing over critical data. 


In order to protect your organization, always enable two factor authentication, provide temporary access to files and require password protection of invaluable information. By constantly keeping your firewall monitored and up to date, you can analyze your traffic and pinpoint potential intrusions and cyber threats. 


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