Are You Safe?
Updated: Feb 2
What’s This About?
Even though the BVI might was known as “Nature’s Little Secret”, it has been as exposed to the tech world as any other country developing. Exposed to what you may ask? We’re talking Cyber Attacks. Hacking, corruption and invasion, believe it or not living in the British Virgin Islands does not protect you or exclude you from any of it. Still, there is a solution to prevent cyber-attacks, Cyber Security.
Cyber security is the practice of defending computers, servers, mobile devices, electronic systems, networks, and data from malicious attacks. It's also known as information technology security or electronic information security. The term applies in a variety of contexts, from business to mobile computing, and can be divided into a few common categories.
Here are some common methods used to threaten cyber-security:
Malware means malicious software. One of the most common cyber threats, malware is software that a cybercriminal or hacker has created to disrupt or damage a legitimate user’s computer. Often spread via an unsolicited email attachment or legitimate-looking download, malware may be used by cybercriminals to make money or in politically motivated cyber-attacks.
An SQL (structured query language) injection is a type of cyber-attack used to take control of and steal data from a database. Cybercriminals exploit vulnerabilities in data-driven applications to insert malicious code into a databased via a malicious SQL statement. This gives them access to the sensitive information contained in the database.
Phishing is when cybercriminals target victims with emails that appear to be from a legitimate company asking for sensitive information. Phishing attacks are often used to dupe people into handing over credit card data and other personal information.
A man-in-the-middle attack is a type of cyber threat where a cybercriminal intercepts communication between two individuals in order to steal data. For example, on an unsecure Wi-Fi network, an attacker could intercept data being passed from the victim’s device and the network.
A denial-of-service attack is where cybercriminals prevent a computer system from fulfilling legitimate requests by overwhelming the networks and servers with traffic. This renders the system unusable, preventing an organization from carrying out vital functions.
The Scale of The Cyber Threats
The global cyber threat continues to evolve at a rapid pace, with a rising number of data breaches each year. Medical services, retailers and public entities experienced the most breaches, with malicious criminals responsible for most incidents. Some of these sectors are more appealing to cybercriminals because they collect financial and medical data, but all businesses that use networks can be targeted for customer data, corporate espionage, or customer attacks. Check point provides live coverage of global cyber threat activity.
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What Can You Do?
Don’t stay exposed. Devices like Firewalls can be installed in your home and business to protect you. A Firewall is a network security device that monitors and filters incoming and outgoing network traffic based on an organization’s previously established security policies. At its most basic, a firewall is essentially the barrier that sits between a private internal network and the public internet. Infinite Solutions currently stocks Check Point 1440 Firewalls. Our technicians help with installation and servicing. A firewall’s main purpose is to allow non-threatening traffic in and to keep dangerous traffic out.