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Updated: Jun 22, 2020

In 2020, when most of our work is on digital devices, people are still ignorant about their cybersecurity. Most of the organizations have no protocol for avoiding cyber incidents or dealing with them effectively. This makes a large percentage of organizations vulnerable to all kinds of cyber threats. A cyber threat is typically when someone can harm your IT system or network assets. A threat will be possible only when your organization or network has a weakness that cybercriminals can target. And no doubt in 2020, the cybersecurity protocols are relevant to one’s growth, reputation, and funds, and having reliable cybersecurity strategies requires a professional set of people and technology that can prevent and prepare you for any cyberattack that can occur in your organization.


Top 10 Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities

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Here are the top cybersecurity vulnerabilities that your organization should avoid:


1# Malware

New malware files are created every day and they are often the older files with a few changes to make them unrecognisable to antivirus software.


The most common types of malware that your organization can be vulnerable to are:-


  1. Ransomware - These types of malware are designed to encrypt the victim’s sensitive data, making it inaccessible to the owner and then an ultimatum is prompted, demanding payment in return of the inaccessible data. And if the ransom is not paid then the data is deleted.

  2. Trojans - It is a kind of a delivery system for malware. A trojan is any piece of malware that looks like a legitimate program that tricks users into downloading and installing it on their computers. This type of malware is perfect for heavy damages because they bring down your network security defences by posing as something harmless while carrying a major threat inside.

  3. Worms - They are programs that can replicate themselves and spread through multiple sources, like emails. Once it is on your computer, the worm will start searching for some form of file-sharing system, so that they can send themselves to other users.


Basic antivirus software is very ineffective against these kinds of threats. Professional help with skilled experts is required to prevent and detect these types of cyber vulnerabilities. Find out more: www.dicuae.com/soc or contact us at +971 4 2415888 / info@dicuae.com.


2# Lack of adequate backup and recovery plan for sensitive data

As organizations grow, they generate and collect more data which makes them more targetable for hackers and fraudsters. Your organization’s cybersecurity protocols should offer you secure backup and recovery plans of its classified information which most companies fail to make because of lack of understanding or budget issues.

Top 10 Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities

3# Poor antivirus software tools

Organizations need proper endpoint protection that can block cyberattacks on computers and the company’s network. Most of the antivirus software that a company uses is easily bypassed to gain access to the company’s IT system. Moreover, most of the antivirus software is not made to fight sophisticated interferences by hackers using the latest malicious software and malware. Digital Insights offers Endpoint Detection and Response to ensure the first line of defence against cyber attacks.


4# Users accidentally sharing sensitive data

The topmost need for cybersecurity should be safeguarding your sensitive and confidential data. And even the best cloud security network tools are only able to prevent critical information at a technical level. Social media sharing is a common error which, if left untreated, can lead to a severe security breach. And if any information like usernames and passwords or any sensitive information related to your company is posted online on websites like WikiLeaks, it could be very dangerous for your organization.


5# Users let hackers through network security

Phishing attacks are a major reason for hackers and fraudsters gaining access to the company’s network and computing system. Even the most innocent looking emails can be the reason for a data breach in your organization. It is always better to train employees and make them aware of phishing attacks like SMS made to look like an official brand or an email from a co-worker asking for passwords.

Top 10 Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities

6# When unauthorised access becomes legit

When antivirus software is not up to the speed of the latest malware intrusions, the network security of your organization is compromised without your knowledge. And as a result, hackers can easily make most of their spying malware solutions, specifically the key loggers that can steal your company’s classified information.


7# Hackers control an infected computer

There are many ways a computer can get infected. For example, public WiFis, inadequate antivirus software, or downloading files from any unknown sources. Moreover, hackers are equipped with discreet tools such as RATs which means Remote Administration Tools that let hackers access everything that is secured on a specific device.


8# Advanced crime-ware tools

Day after day, hackers are getting more innovative and with the help of the dark web, cybercriminals have reached new levels. In 2020, hackers with only limited knowledge of hacking and almost no experience can target cybersecurity vulnerabilities of an organization. But on the other hand, if hackers are approaching with ‘buy and install tool’ method then the IT department and cybersecurity companies can also gather new knowledge and develop tools for cybersecurity.


9# Hacked sites to steal sensitive information about users

E-commerce sites are now very common, netizens are obsessed with the online shopping culture and there is nothing that you cannot purchase online. Many websites get targeted by hackers that want to use exploit kits to collect sensitive information like credit card details, phone numbers, addresses, and also email ids. Typically, this involves creating a fake website that appears credible and safe to use. And any online transactions made on these websites can jeopardise sensitive information about the users.


10# Outdated or Incompatible software versions

Some companies due to any reason are forced to use outdated and unpatched software systems to support tools that are not compatible with the latest software versions. This is one of the reasons that can lead to cybersecurity vulnerabilities inside your organization. These outdated technologies can be critical for the infrastructure network of the company.

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The world is in chaos right now, businesses have been affected by the coronavirus situation and cyber attacks like scams, malware, and phishing attacks have substantially increased because cybercriminals see this as an opportunity to implement Covid-19 related cyber attacks to exploit everyone.

Cybercriminals are using their common methods of actions to take advantage of this fearful and uncertain time of crisis like phishing emails and fake messages relating to miracle cures for coronavirus or protective equipment, elicit payments, and fake charges and services, or attempts to obtain login credentials and personal information. And also cyber crimes against companies are growing in number and getting dangerous every single day.


Newly adopted work from home culture


Most of the companies are now operating by employees working from their homes without any shadow of the IT department and its cybersecurity and most of these organizations are not prepared for a sudden shift to remote work. And even students are continuing their studies with school in online mode. But without any cybersecurity protocols or precautions, data worth millions is in danger. The end-users are in the front line in the battle of cybersecurity and educating ourselves on this can help us win this war.


Cybercriminals are settling up thousands of fake COVID-19 themed websites under newly-registered domain names to spread malware and run scams. Even if these websites are taken down immediately, they can make new websites in no time to spread fake news and disinformation. Because of these situations, cybersecurity and security teams of companies are so overburdened and understaffed.


Businesses around the world are vulnerable at this moment and are more willing to pay the ransom to the hackers during ransomware attacks. Healthcare providers have also been targets of cyberattacks in the past but now that the healthcare industry is overworked and tired, phishing and social engineering attacks are more likely to succeed at this time.


How can we help you?


Organizations invest in anti-virus programs, firewalls, and endless resources to avoid cyber attacks. It was demonstrated that these resources were the weakest link while preventing or removing an attack. An attack can occur anytime through outdated firewalls, anti-virus software, and data breach within the organization. But with our Security Operations Centre (SOC) that works 24*7/365, you get supreme threat detection and incident response. Since cybercriminals don’t spare smaller organizations, they also need cybersecurity which we can provide for an affordable price with our SOC in a Box. For a more in-depth understanding of our SOC, please visit www.dicuae.com/soc or contact us via +971 4 2415888 or info@dicuae.com


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Updated: Aug 4, 2020

While the world is focused on the threat posed by Covid-19, cybercriminals across the globe are using this time of crisis for their own benefit by launching their own kind of “virus”. With the lockdown, more and more employees are forced to work from home without the facility of on-site IT crew. This has led many companies and their employees vulnerable to cyber attacks.

For instance, recently in Britain, hackers have launched a wave of cyber-attacks to exploit the people who are working from home. The percentage of malicious email traffic before the UK’s lockdown began was 12% but after 6 weeks it is more than 60%. These cyberattacks are now more sophisticated and are especially focused on coronavirus related anxieties rather than the usual attempts at financial frauds and extortion.


At the beginning of May, Darktrace found “a large malicious email campaign” against UK businesses that told employees working from home that they could choose to be furloughed if sign-in on a particular website. There are also reports of attacks that have targeted tools that are used by employees who are working from home. For example, fake requests to reset VPN accounts (a virtual private network) and zoom video conferencing accounts with the faked sign-in pages.

There is also an increase in spoofing attacks with emails disguised as an email from a colleague. Darktrace said that one-fifth of malicious emails will normally use some form of spoofing but this rate has reached 60%. There was one spoofing attack in which there was an unnamed company chief executive asking workers to donate to his health charity, and there were also many cases of fake IT support departments asking workers to download new software.


As long as lockdown continues, secure payments and billing procedures will be hard to achieve. Since employees working from home are not trained on data privacy protocols, they can risk exposing sensitive information to data breaches. But steps can be taken by the company and its employees to prepare for these malicious activities and decrease these cyberattacks.


Steps to ensure a secure work from home environment


  1. Update the security network Making sure that your devices are up to date with security patches and upgrades can make a huge difference in preventing any cyberattack.

  2. Remind employees to be cautious about phishing emails Be on a lookout for attractive emails that are provoking you to open them or any other emails that are looking suspicious to you about any offers related to coronavirus.

  3. Use a secure internet connection Make sure that you only use a secure wifi network, your wifi should be password protected. If you are going to use a public network verify from the owner whether it is their official network or not only use verified and password protected wifi connections.

  4. Employers should reinforce data safety While working from home, employers should make sure that employees maintain their professionalism and do not use their personal email accounts in an official capacity.

If you are an organization and in need of 24x7 security of your network infrastructure (in affordable prices, we must add), then we encourage you to contact us for the same via +971 4 2415888 or info@dicuae.com. Please feel free to visit our website to know more about our services.

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