Any history buff will tell you that no two battles were identical, however, the strategies and tactics utilized by the armies were often derived from a common understanding of enemy’s warfare. It Is of paramount importance to know and understand the way your enemy thinks and the tools they have in their disposal. Sun Tzu, the famous military strategist once quoted “If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.” In today’s world, cybersecurity threats loom over every company that operate in the cyber world. Cybercriminals always try to find a vulnerability in the system to exploit it and infiltrate the system for malicious use. Hence, knowing and removing your own vulnerabilities is important along with implementing stronger safeguards for your organization. It is often perceived that small businesses are safe from cyber-attacks; as they are too small a target for cyber-criminals to pursue. However, over the past few years, we have seen constant increase in small business cyber-attacks as compared to those on larger organizations. The reason is simple: small businesses have more number of IT resources compared to an individual and fewer security safeguards compared to larger organizations, making them the ideal soft target.
This whitepaper aims in providing an overview of the most common types of attacks seen today, the tools and techniques cyber criminals use and how to defend yourself against them.