Tax experts are not the only ones busy during the tax season. Hackers also stay busy ramping up their criminal activity with tax related scams targeting tax payers every year.
Businesses are not excluded to these threats. One of the newest methods for hackers is to take advantage of the increase in file sharing among enterprises. The pandemic has forced businesses to become more digital than ever, and that has made the sharing of files via email or cloud service more common. It only takes one person to be tricked and the whole network could be infected.
It is imperative business owners understand the kind of techniques being used and how to protect themselves proactively.
Using third parties and cloud environment to share infected files
Speak with your security professional and learn about the security level your cloud service offers, as well as cloud or storage services any third party that shares information with you and vice versa. Once a hacker infiltrates a cloud environment they can upload malware or ransomware
Getting into Emails and Posing as Employees
Cyber criminals are able to impersonate individuals from the company, usually posing as top executives in an attempt to lure victims into making unauthorized payroll payments, cash gifts, or share sensitive information. Security Awareness training is the best defense against these type of attacks since it gives employees the knowledge to be able to spot these attacks.
Re-evaluate Security Strategies Periodically
In an ever-changing business and technology landscape, one-size-fits-all security strategy is not enough. Enterprises need to define a security plan and revisit the same periodically, especially after big changes in operations. It is vital to speak with your security professional and learn about ways to enhance security postures and incorporate various tactics to be used together.
Business owners need to prioritize data security and ensure measures do not hinder productivity. Employees needs to feel empowered to conduct business operations securely.