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Most days there are reports of new malware problems and heightened cyber security threats. It is mostly impossible to completely protect yourself from hackers and cyber attackers, but familiarising yourself with the top threats will enable you to secure your machinery as best as possible, to try and avoid being the victim of an attack.

Last month the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and the National Crime Agency (NCA) published their annual report on the cyber threats to UK businesses from 2017-2018.

The report outlines the different attacks UK organisations have fallen victim to as well as highlighting future threats to be aware of.

Examples of these upcoming threats are:

Worms

A computer worm is different to a virus in that a worm is a stand-alone malware computer program that can self-replicate and infiltrate compute software without human help. This has previously been viewed by cyber criminals as very successful, meaning it is very likely to become a prevalent cyber threat in months to come.

 Cyrptojacking

Cyrptojacking involves hackers sending an email containing a malicious link that loads crypto mining codes onto the victim’s computer. Hackers are also able to infect a website or online advert with JavaScript code that will cause untold damage once loaded in the browser. Although this has been used for many years, experts say that it is likely to make a huge comeback to become one of the main threats in the next year.

Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) essentially relates to connecting any device that has an on and off switch to the Internet. Experts have estimated that 11.2 billion things will be connected to the Internet by the end of 2018. With this figure constantly increasing, it is predicted that many attackers will use the Internet of Things to commit their crimes as most devices are not equipped to block cyber-crimes, meaning they are often left exposed and vulnerable.

As we said before, there is no way to fully protect yourself from cyber-attacks, but regularly updating your systems and your passwords will always help. For any more information or help regarding cyber threats, call SCS Technology Solutions today on 01522 883636 or email us at sales@scstechsolutions.co.uk.

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