Computer attacks: how to protect yourself and what to do in case of an attack

September 27, 2023

Computer attacks: how to protect yourself and what to do in case of an attack

Computer attacks are a constant threat to everyone (companies and individuals). Attacks always look for new ways to break into systems and steal data.

Computer Attacks
Latest news about computer attacks on Companies/Entities/institutions in Portugal

Digital Transformation

With the digital transformation and the abrupt change in the working methods of organizations due to the pandemic, as well as the various types of processes that activities involve, they are dominating the world of work. Users are connecting to company platforms across different networks, often unsecured, across shared devices and varying locations.

There are more and more people, data, programs and devices interconnected (more devices than people), which makes it difficult to control and secure them, increasing the vulnerability of companies. Hackers are also more creative and efficient, using all this digital concentration to their own advantage.

What are we going to tell you?

  • Computer attacks – What are they and what types are there?
  • Trends in computer attacks
  • Security measures
  • What to do in case of a computer attack
  • How the samsys can help

Computer Attackss

A computer attack is an event in which unauthorized access to a computer system or network is attempted. Computer attacks can be used to steal data, install malware or cause damage.

Types of computer attacks

There are many different types of cyber attacks:

  • Phishing: sending false email messages/messages that impersonate trusted companies or entities, with the aim of tricking the recipient into providing personal information or clicking on a malicious link.
  • malware: Malicious software that can be used to steal data, install backdoors or cause damage.
  • SQL Injection: attack that exploits vulnerabilities in database management systems to steal data.
  • Ransomware: attack that encrypts a victim's data and demands a ransom to decrypt it.
  • DDoS attacks: attack that floods a system with network traffic to make it inaccessible.

Trends in computer attacks

Computer attacks are becoming increasingly sophisticated. Artificial intelligence is now the technology that is beginning to be used more to attack systems more effectively.

Some of the recent trends in cyber attacks include:

  • Increased use of ransomware: ransomware is one of the most common and profitable types of computer attacks.
  • Targeted attacks: Cybercriminals are increasingly targeting specific companies or individuals.
  • Attacks using artificial intelligence: Cybercriminals are using artificial intelligence to automate their attacks and make them more effective.

Security measures

There are several measures that companies can take to protect themselves from cyber attacks:

  • Use strong and unique passwords: Passwords must be at least 12 characters long and must include a combination of letters, numbers, and symbols.
  • Update software and hardware regularly: software and hardware updates typically include patches security features that can help protect against attacks.
  • Use firewall solutions: a firewall can help block unauthorized access to a system.
  • Use antivirus and antimalware software: Antivirus and antimalware software can help detect and remove malware.
  • Educate about digital security: Employees must be instructed on how to identify and prevent computer attacks.

How Samsys can help

Samsys has 26 years of expertise in digital security. Samsys can help protect you from cyber attacks with a variety of services, which may include:

  • Security Assessment: Samsys can assess the security of a system or network to identify vulnerabilities.
  • Security consultancy: Samsys can provide advice on how to improve the security of a system or network.
  • Security Solutions: Samsys can provide security and installation/maintenance solutions to help protect against cyber attacks.

To learn more about how Samsys can help protect your business, contact us.

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