Top Cyber Security Vulnerabilities

Each time when you access an unknown, unsecured network, ignore cyber security policies, underestimate security measures, or forget to update defensive software and other cyber security components, you and your business face great danger of being compromised. In the modern world, no organization and nobody at all can be 100% sure they are cyber safe. However, there are specific rules and measures which can help prevent most security threats and vulnerabilities.

What Is a Cyber Security Vulnerability?

Cyber, or computer, security vulnerabilities represent security risks or weaknesses that can let attackers compromise the integrity, availability, or confidentiality of the product, system, or network. They are inadvertent and can be exploited by malicious actors.

To access your assets easily, the first option cybercriminals check is security vulnerabilities. Cybercrime and goals may differ, but the similar thing is that attackers take advantage of security flaws all the time, and in many cases, they, unfortunately, do succeed.

Critical Security Threats

Security vulnerabilities allow hackers access, steal, cause harm, take over control of some part of data or all of it, even the whole business. Security exposure leads to security threats, including malware, phishing, proxies, spyware, adware, botnets, spam, etc.

Top Cyber Security Vulnerabilities

The common cyber security flaws include:

  • Hardware Vulnerabilities:

- physical conditions;

- poor encryption;

  • Operating System Vulnerabilities:

- hidden backdoor programs;

- OS command injection, a.k.a. shell injection;

- default superuser accounts;

  • Network Vulnerabilities:

- unsecured connections;

- man-in-the-middle attacks;

- insecure network architecture;

- missing or weak authentication;

- misconfiguration, e.g. poorly-configured firewalls, etc.;

  • Software Vulnerabilities:

- SQL injection;

- memory safety violations (buffer overflows, dangling pointers, etc.);

- no authorization;

- unrestricted upload of data, including malicious files or file types;

- use of broken algorithms, old protocols;

- URL redirection to untrusted sites;

- path traversal;

- auditing failures;

- bugs;

- default security settings;

- infected software;

  • Human Vulnerabilities

- poor cyber security recruitment;

- low cyber security awareness;

- poor cyber hygiene;

- weak passwords.

Among the security vulnerabilities, there are five that are targeted by cybercriminals the most:

  • Inadequate end-point security controls and default settings;
  • Poor back-up and recovery measures for sensitive data;
  • Weak or broken authentication;
  • Unsatisfactory network monitoring;
  • End user security mistakes, errors and/or misuses.

How to Prevent Negative Consequences of Cyber Security Vulnerabilities

When we speak about security breach prevention, the first and most effective step is the correct identification of security vulnerabilities. For this challenging task critical for businesses, you should possess considerable expertise in security vulnerability detection and risk mitigation. Here professionals can bring the most efficient results and guarantees to organizations. As an expert cyber security company, MBS Techservices Inc. delivers state-of-the-art services of cyber security risk assessments. We can also recommend more ways to improve defences against vulnerabilities.

Here are some essential tips and methods to help find business network's cyber security vulnerabilities or accelerate risk assessments delivered by professionals.

  1. Have an accurate hardware and software inventory - a list of all devices and apps in your system with the most recent updates. It will help identify critical areas fast.

  2. Explore and use appropriate up-to-date tools for security vulnerabilities identification. Analyzing your cyber threat profile can narrow the number of necessary solutions.

  3. Let professionals study your system by running penetration tests, a.k.a. pen testing or ethical hacking. It simulates a real attack against infrastructure, applications, controls and processes around the networks and applications in a controlled environment. Test results show the system’s capacity, identify vulnerabilities and report on its findings.

  4. Turn to MBS Tech as a highly-experienced managed security service provider (MSSP) utilizing IBM® X-Force® Threat Management for more vulnerability management services.

Detecting, reducing, and getting rid of cyber security vulnerabilities doesn't only seem but really is complicated. However, it's a crucial aspect of any business's robust cyber security architecture. 

Update defensive policies, prioritize cyber security awareness, deploy adequate vulnerability management - robust automated patch management, incident response and management, and other effective cybersecurity solutions. Reach out to MBS Tech for regular cyber security assessments and training. We'll be glad to consult you on all vulnerability management services you need.



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