The Most Common Forms of Cyber-Attack in 2015

We’re now well into 2016, and businesses in every industry are moving more and more data onto the World Wide Web. Given the sheer volume of business that’s being moved online, one would think that data protection would be everyone’s top priority. Unfortunately, this is not the case.  Thousands of people every year experience some form of security breach. Increasingly, attacks are being leveled against companies that hold sensitive customer data—banks, government offices, healthcare facilities, insurance companies, etc.

Cyber-attacks take many forms. Cyber-criminals continue to constantly evolve with their cunning methods of various forms of attack. For these reasons and more, that’s why CertainSafe has developed a proprietary data-protection system that mitigates if not eliminates the risk of a mass breach while keeping files both protected, accessible and available. Additionally, with the CertainSafe Digital Safety Deposit Box, your sensitive data does not remain on your device. If there is no data on your device there is nothing there to take.

Below are (4) of the most common forms of cyber-attacks in the last year:

Online Services – Typically, online payment merchants have strict measures in place to protect the payment information of their customers, however with most systems, every time you pay for something over the internet to them, there’s a chance that your information will be compromised in the future. If you’re an online merchant, it’s your legal responsibility to protect customer data. Large corporations have paid out millions of dollars in damages in the last year as a result of compromised data.

Scams – Hackers often utilize convincing emails to get a “fingerprint” of your computer, thus allowing them access to the sensitive information contained within it. While some emails obviously appear to be suspicious, it’s the ones that mimic well known established businesses that tend to make it though and that can become especially damaging. Hackers continue to pose as legitimate businesses like American Airlines,, Chase Bank, Wells Fargo, LinkedIn and others that upon successful execution granting them access to be able to capture information within users’ accounts by creating these legitimate-looking emails.

Data Breaches – Typically a vast amount of personal information is leaked or exposed to hackers without the victim’s knowledge. Just recently, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management was targeted by hackers, who gained access and then leaked the Social Security numbers, addresses, birthdays, and other personal information of millions of Americans. This particular kind of hack will most assuredly lead to identity theft, compromised bank accounts, and much larger damage and consequences.

Ransomware – Ransomware is very much like it sounds. It is a type of malware that infects a computer system, both individual as well as enterprise, and then restricts access to the information contained within that system until the owner has paid the required ransomware operator a sum of money that is requested. Ransomware typically compromises most all forms and types of data, including personal photos, data bases, word docs, spreadsheets and most and other form of file that contains information. Typically, regaining access to your stolen files requires paying a hefty sum, because the encryption that install literally hijacks your access to your own data until you do.

Protect Yourself and Your Company with CertainSafe

As the rate of cyber-attacks continues to skyrocket, and concerned and responsible business owners nationwide are taking action to protect their firms’ reputation, they continue to turn to CertainSafe for our comprehensive data-protection and user-friendly Data Vault as well as Digital Safety Deposit Box. With the deployment of MicroEncryption® and MicroTokenization® sensitive data is broken down into micro size encrypted file elements, and then converted into mathematically unique ‘tokens’, and then stored in different physical locations. By compartmentalizing data, client data becomes immune to mass data breach and exploitation. For more information, please visit our homepage or contact us today.