Protect Yourself from Cyberattacks from Within


On this blog, we often discuss the countless external factors that could make your company vulnerable to a cyberattack. However, there are also plenty ways your company can be attacked from insiders you know and trust.  

Oftentimes, data breaches that originate inside your organization are due to a lack of awareness or pure carelessness on the part of employees. Falling victim to a phishing attack that delivers a malicious payload into your corporate network is far from intentional, but it could cost a company as much as $8 million in damages and recovery, according to a recent report.  

Then there are those who have it out for your company for whatever reason. Employees with high-level privileges to your IT infrastructure could cause mayhem for a variety of reasons, including revenge, financial gain or merely for a show of power.  

The best way to prevent internal cyberattacks is to train your workforce to look for red flags before they become problems. For instance, employees should be sure to confirm any outlandish claims made via email by their supervisors – as in requesting access to the network for “maintenance” or requesting an astronomical amount of money for a fishy reason – before complying with the request.  

Also, IT techs should be on the lookout for any surprises left behind after employees leave the company, especially if it was a firing or layoff. A capable attacker can set up an cyberattack that will launch long after they have left the company. A logical attack, for example could be launched when an employee’s profile is removed from the company’s database, for example.  

Don’t be caught off guard by attacks from those within in your organization – intentional or otherwise. Partner with 2W Tech today to protect your organization. We have IT consultants on staff who are experts in cybersecurity. Contact us today to learn more.  

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