Happy times! But then everything went catastrophically wrong.
2019 looks to be one of the worst years on record for cyber security. Companies have witnessed some of largest, most sophisticated and catastrophic attacks in the history of the digital age. But while each hack cost UK businesses serious amounts of money, it taught a valuable and expensive lesson to IT professionals everywhere.
The usual measures taken for preventing hackers just aren’t good enough.
How can you stay safe and one step ahead of criminals protecting your business against cyber crime? One answer is, you need to know your enemy.
“If you really understood the motives of hackers, Then you would be more proactive in protecting yourselves.”
Know the 6 levels of hacking
- Script kiddies: A script kiddie is an amateur hacker who uses existing scripts to hack for fun and thrill. Generally, this type of hacker employs simple and basic programming skills and often doesn’t cause too much damage—however they can still cause plenty of frustration.
- The hacking group: Think of a hacking group as a team of script kiddies. What they lack in experience, they make up for in sheer numbers. A hacking group is capable of causing more notable damage and disruption.
- Hacktivists: Unlike cyber criminals who hack for thrill or money, hacktivists act with a moral, social, or political motivation.
- Black-hat professionals: Black-hat pros are highly skilled hackers seeking to penetrate more challenging targets, such as the government and large corporations. Often, these hackers aren’t looking to cause destruction but to develop new methods and means of cyber attacks or steal valuable data.
- Organized criminal gangs: Organized criminal hacker gangs are highly strategic groups typically led by a professional. These hackers strive to fly under the radar of the law and are typically seeking monetary gain.
- The automated tool: The final and most dangerous of the six levels of hacking isn’t a person but actually a piece of software. This worm or virus-like tool can cause unprecedented amounts of damage in a short time frame and can be engaged by any of the previous five types of hackers.
Maybe it’s time to have your business hacked – ethically.
…Can you afford not to?