Contact us today!

Network Solutions Unlimited Blog

It’s Decided: You’re More Likely to be Phished than Breached

It’s Decided: You’re More Likely to be Phished than Breached

Few security problems are more dangerous than a network breach. Considering how much you could lose from an unexpected bout with a hacker, it’s no surprise that businesses are concerned. Yet, even some of the most troublesome threats like phishing attacks are often ignored. A new study introduces the groundbreaking thought that phishing attacks should be at the forefront of a business owner’s mind regarding network security.

A year-long partnership between Google and UC Berkeley yielded a study of how online accounts are cracked. They found that businesses are much more vulnerable to phishing attacks than actual legitimate data breaches.

Google found that keyloggers were one of the primary contributors to this trend, capturing an estimated 788,000 compromised credentials. Phishing, on the other hand, had exposed 12 million credentials. Data breaches contributed 3.3 million credentials to the total. This information led Google to the conclusion that phishing attacks were a much greater threat to businesses, backed up by research showing that up to 25 percent of the passwords that were still in use were stolen in phishing attacks. Data breaches provided credentials currently used by individuals only seven percent of the time.

Phishing is known to do much more than just allow unauthorized users to enter a network or infrastructure. In some cases, phishing can help malicious entities spread viruses or install malware on unsuspecting victims. There are usually signs of such a breach, though, even if they aren’t obvious at first glance. The problem is that it’s not always apparent when such a breach occurs, with the worst-case scenario being a complete and sudden halt to operations.

Either way, the point stands that the first step toward a data breach could very well be a phishing attack. While phishing attacks are more common than data breaches, a data breach has the opportunity to cause more damage than you can possibly imagine. Take your worst-case scenario and double it--that’s probably a good estimate for how much trouble a data breach could cause for your organization. A phishing attack steals specific data, but a data breach can expose so much more, including the data of your staff, customers, and vendors.

Besides the obvious data security problems associated with phishing attacks, it’s just downright embarrassing to have been had by hackers. It can leave a scar on your business that’s difficult to recover from. To learn more about how you can protect your business from security threats, reach out to us at 217-428-6449.

Cybersecurity Can't Stop During the Holidays
Tip of the Week: Hey Cortana! Don’t Listen to Them...


No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment
Already Registered? Login Here
Sunday, November 18 2018

Captcha Image

Mobile? Grab this Article!


Tag Cloud

PowerPoint Holiday Display Colocation Assessment Edge Analysis WannaCry Hard Drives Remote Monitoring Employer-Employee Relationship Utility Computing Software as a Service Samsung Reputation Windows 7 Internet Technology Hard Disk Drive Amazon Physical Security How To Apps Storage Password Electronic Medical Records Sales Going Green Social Media Training Instant Messaging Recovery Communications Document Management Thank You OneNote CrashOverride Shortcut Innovation Private Cloud Legal Big Data Cache Memory Customer Hardware Administration Software Cloud Computing Settings Best Practice Conferencing Blockchain Personal Information Virus Printing Best Practices Remote Computing Cybersecurity Black Market IT Support Managed Service Provider Mobile Security Alert Business Computer Tech Support Workplace Tips Vendor VPN Outlook Data Storage Managed IT Service HIPAA Update Mobile Devices Workers Comparison Business Technology Entertainment Shadow IT Robot Mobility Computer Care Data Backup Monitors Identity Theft Politics Patch Management Monitor Device Security Advertising USB Fraud Office Financial Automobile Managed IT Save Time Disaster Recovery IT Support Smart Tech Social Engineering Admin Wasting Money Meetings Regulation Benefits Security Legislation Data Theft Worker Commute Upgrades Spam Alexa for Business Managing Stress Government Data Privacy Information Technology Scalability Applications Apple Windows Ink Books Employee-Employer Relationship Marketing Money Google Assistant Identity Internet Exlporer IT Services Health Computer Forensics Troubleshooting Screen Mirroring Telephone Unified Communications Wireless Internet IoT Phishing Microsoft Consultant Testing Bring Your Own Device End of Support Mobile Device IT budget Networking Hybrid Cloud Outsourced IT Touchscreen Unsupported Software Productivity History Avoiding Downtime Proactive Printers Google Maps Spyware Company Culture Solid State Drive Gamification Public Cloud Cast Specifications Facebook Passwords Access Control Business Continuity Congratulations Co-Managed Services Antivirus Microsoft Word Loyalty Users Project Management Nanotechnology Computers Backup Business Management IT Management Travel Hosted Solutions Safety Adobe Two-factor Authentication Server Cybercrime BDR Rootkit Virtual Reality Managed Service Websites Hiring/Firing Battery Sync The Internet of Things Business Computing NFL Proactive IT Virtual Assistant Audit Work/Life Balance Ciminal Licensing Identities Hacking Content Video Games Dark Web Projects Webinar Twitter WIndows Server 2008 Accessory Touchpad iOS Emails Flexibility Content Filtering Keyboard Shortcuts Education App Gifts App store Collaboration Communication Email Data Loss Unified Threat Management Budget Cloud Evernote Computer Fan Network WiFi Operating System Efficiency Data Breach WPA3 Google Data Security Professional Services Router Gmail Root Cause Analysis Television Audiobook Computer Accessories Automation File Sharing Managed IT Services Tech Term Credit Cards Telephone Systems Ransomware Malware Value Firewall Students Wi-Fi Phone System IT solutions Relocation Wasting Time Humor BYOD iPhone Network Security Monitoring Employer Employee Relationship Productivity Law Enforcement Windows intranet Data Recovery FAQ Maintenance File Storage Computing Wireless Technology Wireless Data Windows 10s Business Owner How to Google Docs Data Management User Error hacker Smart Technology Laptop Small Business Internet exploMicrosoft Encryption Experience Techology Quick Tips Internet of Things Cost Management Microsoft Excel Windows 10 HaaS Hackers Downtime Gadgets Smartphones HBO Camera Office Tips Bandwidth Commerce Hyperlink Data storage Augmented Reality Mobile Device Management Peripheral Streaming Media Application Spam Blocking Google Drive Keyboard Chrome Chromecast Compliance Saving Money Lifestyle Scam Miscellaneous Two Factor Authentication SaaS Worker Information Emergency PDF Saving Time Business Intelligence Sports Android Office 365 Chromebook VoIP Upgrade Tablets Updates Artificial Intelligence Redundancy IT Solutions Vendor Management eWaste Retail Files Connectivity Smartphone Cortana Public Computer Content Filter Windows 10 Hosted Solution Devices Management Language Tip of the Week Transportation Computing Infrastructure Wireless Charging Microsoft Office Charger Bluetooth Privacy Mobile Managed IT Services Virtualization Search Cleaning User Tips Hard Drive MSP Data Protection Risk Management Save Money Word Browser Excel Vulnerability Financial Technology