A security breach happens when an unauthorized user or programmed gains access to a network or system. Once on your system, attackers can steal data, install viruses, and corrupt software. Needless to say, a security compromise may be disastrous for a managed services provider (MSP) and its clients.
Cybercrime appears to be becoming more complex by the day, and hackers are continuously experimenting with new tactics in order to circumvent security systems. Because you have access to all of your clients’ data as an MSP, you are a potential target for cybercriminals. This means that a successful intrusion on your MSP will almost certainly affect your customers, compromising their data and infrastructure.
Because of the heightened risk to MSPs, it’s vital to understand the many sorts of security vulnerabilities your business may face. This post will go over seven of the most prevalent types of security risks and how you may assist avoid them.
The types of security breach you should be aware of
Man in the Middle Attack
A man-in-the-middle (MitM) attack is difficult to detect because it includes a bad actor using a trustworthy “man in the middle” to penetrate your system. Typically, the hacker will first compromise a customer’s machine before launching an assault on your server. Hackers can accomplish this by either:
- Using a connection you’ve previously established with your customer as a backdoor
- stealing a client’s IP address and impersonating the customer in order to get you to provide vital information or finances.
A denial-of-service (DoS) attack tries to take down a network or service by flooding it with traffic to the point where the network or service can’t handle it. A distributed-denial-of-service (DDoS) assault uses devices (typically botnets) to transfer traffic from many sources in an attempt to bring down a network.
A DDoS assault does not constitute a data breach in and of itself, although many are frequently employed to wreak havoc on the victim’s end and disrupt corporate activities. DDoS assaults, on the other hand, might serve as a smokescreen for other attacks that are taking place behind the scenes.
If you’ve ever received an email purporting to be from a trustworthy firm with whom you have an account, such as PayPal, but something about the email appeared weird, you’ve most likely been the victim of a phishing effort. Phishing includes a hacker sending an email that appears to have come from a reputable firm or website.
The email will frequently sound harsh, strange, or contain spelling and grammatical problems. Phishing emails will try to trick the receiver into completing an action, such as clicking a link or downloading a file. The link or attachment frequently asks sensitive data or contains malware that affects the machine.
Cross Site (XXS) Attacks
A cross-site scripting (XXS) attack seeks to introduce malicious scripts into websites or online applications. A successful XXS attack needs the victim to visit a website and have the network translate the webpage with the attacker’s HTML. This implies that when the webpage hits the victim’s browser, the malicious script is instantly executed.
The goal of this attack is to steal cookies, grab screenshots, log keystrokes, acquire network information, and even remotely access the victim’s device. This might eventually be one means of starting a wider attack that results in a full-fledged data breach.
A malware assault is a catch-all word for a variety of different forms of security breach. Among these are the following:
- Polymorphic viruses, which frequently change their signatures to avoid detection by signature-based antivirus (AV)
- Systems or boot-record infectors are viruses that connect to your hard disc.
- Trojans, often known as trojan horses, are programmed that appear to be ordinary files, such as an MP3 download, but conceal dangerous activities.
- Viruses that attach themselves to code on files are known as file infectors.
- Macro viruses are viruses that attack and infect big programmed.
- Stealth viruses, which take control of your system and then utilize obfuscation tactics such as altering the filename to evade detection.
Worms are viruses that spread over a network.