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Cyber Threats: What You Don’t Know Could Hurt You

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We live in an age of unprecedented technological achievement, with amazing medical advancements, communications technology, and so much more. Of course, the internet is one of the most incredible of those achievements and has literally transformed the way billions of people communicate, shop, and obtain information. In all likelihood, the internet has become an important element of your business success too. Unfortunately, you may not be aware of the hidden dangers that lurk just around the corner in cyberspace. And when it comes to cyber threats, what you don’t know could hurt you and put your business at risk.

Cyber Threats Come in Several Forms

According to some experts, the costs associated with cybercrime could amount to more than $2 trillion by 2021. Those monetary losses only tell half the tale, however, as cyber threats can include far more than just theft of resources. Online criminals can also damage computer systems, compromise networks containing private personal and financial information, and cause lasting reputation harm for businesses and individuals. Just consider several of the most common cyber threats businesses face:

Credit Card Fraud

Criminals often look for any way into a business’ computer systems, in hopes of obtaining access to private financial information like credit cards. They even use sophisticated fake websites to trick unwary users into entering credit card details, which they can then use to perpetrate their fraud. It’s important for everyone on your staff to understand this threat and learn how to properly protect that sensitive information.

Phishing Attacks

Phishing attacks are an insidious form of cyberattack, since they basically trick you into giving a criminal your personal or financial details. Sometimes, these attacks are relatively easy to spot. For example, if you get an email from an alleged Nigerian Prince asking you to hold money for him, there’s a 100% chance that it’s a scam. However, some scams are more subtle – like when criminals send an email that looks like a legitimate communication from a company you know, asking you to reset a password or provide other personal information.


Hacking attacks are the most well-known types of cybercrime, and the most direct. Many hackers can simply force their way past inferior security and gain access to your company’s financial information, strategic documents, and intellectual property.

Identity Theft

Millions of people have their identities stolen each year. It’s the number one cybercrime, and one of the most difficult to prevent unless you understand how you’re vulnerable and what steps you can take to protect yourself.

At ISS, our security professionals can consult with you to help you identify your cyber security vulnerabilities. More importantly, we can then help you develop and implement a security strategy to protect your vital computer systems, and train you and your staff on the best practices for proper cyber security. We can even investigate cyber breaches and help you get to the bottom of any cybercrime. If you’re ready to give your business the cyber protection it needs, call International Security Services – New York City’s dedicated security experts.

George Kozhar

George Kozhar

George Kozhar is a respected security professional, licensed private investigator, and founder of International Security Services (ISS) - New York City’s dedicated security experts since 1999. Mr. Kozhar and his team provide a full array of private and business investigative services in the U.S. and overseas, VIP executive protection, armed and unarmed security guard services and training, and Fire and Life Safety Director training through the company’s Fire Science Institute.

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