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The not so secret weapon cybercriminals use to target small businesses like yours

Cyber criminals are targeting businesses of all sizes, all the time. And new research shows just how they’re doing it. Our latest tech update video shows how to stay protected.

Don’t think your business is a target? Think again

The Rising Threat of Botnets: Why Businesses of All Sizes Need to Stay Vigilant

Cybersecurity has long been a concern for large corporations and organizations with substantial financial assets. But recent reports have shed light on a concerning trend – cyber criminals are now targeting businesses of all sizes, from sole trader shops to multinational enterprises. And they’re leveraging a powerful tool called “botnets” to do it.

You might be wondering, what exactly is a botnet, and why should I care? Botnets are essentially armies of compromised devices, ranging from computers to smart appliances, all under the control of a single malicious actor. These devices can be used to carry out a variety of nefarious activities, from launching DDoS attacks to stealing sensitive information.

In a recent report, researchers observed a significant increase in botnet activity, with over a million devices involved in malicious activities at one point. This represents a hundredfold increase from typical levels of activity, signaling a disturbing escalation in cyber threats.

So, why are cyber criminals resorting to these tactics? Botnets are being used to scour the internet for vulnerabilities in websites, servers, and email systems. Much like a fortress with numerous entry points, the internet is constantly being probed for unlocked doors and open windows. Cyber criminals target specific “ports” as entry points, exploiting weaknesses to gain unauthorized access.

How can businesses protect themselves from these evolving cyber threats? It starts with fortifying your defences. Here are some essential steps:

  • Keep all software, operating systems, and applications updated to patch vulnerabilities.
  • Implement robust firewall and antivirus solutions to safeguard your devices.
  • Educate employees about cybersecurity best practices, such as recognizing suspicious links and emails.
  • Enforce strong, unique passwords for all accounts and devices.
  • Regularly back up data to mitigate the impact of a cyber attack.
  • Monitor your network for unusual activity that may indicate a breach.
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  • partnering with cybersecurity experts to assess and enhance your security posture.

 

At Acu IT Solutions, we’re dedicated to helping businesses of all sizes navigate the complex landscape of cybersecurity threats. Don’t wait until it’s too late – reach out to us today to bolster your defences and safeguard your business against cyber threats. Your security is our priority.

Video Transcript:

You might think cyber criminals only target big companies, right?

Think again.

These criminals are targeting businesses of all sizes. And their secret weapon? Something called botnets.

These are armies of compromised devices, from your computer to your tablet, or even your smart fridge, all under the control of one malicious puppeteer.

Recent reports show massive spikes in botnet activity. We’re talking a million devices involved in malicious activities. That’s a hundred times usual levels.

And why?

To scan the internet for weaknesses in any business’s security.

These criminals are looking for unlocked doors so they can sneak into your system.

But you can protect yourself.

Keep software updated, install a good firewall, and educate your employees.

You can also enforce strong passwords, back up your data, and consider hiring a cyber security expert.

That’s where we can help. Get in touch.

That’s your tech update, more next week.

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