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The Top 5 Most Expensive Cyber Threats and How to Avoid Them

To the untrained eye, cyber threats might seem rare. However, there are over 30,000 websites hacked daily. Even some of the largest companies like Bank of America, Ford Motor, and Delta Airlines have fallen victim to cybercrime.

Unfortunately, that means a hard-hitting cyber attack is a real possibility. Lucky for you, we’ve written this article to showcase the five most expensive hacks you’ll want to avoid, plus how to prevent them.

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The Top 5 Most Expensive Cyber Threats and How to Avoid them
Over 30,000 websites are hacked daily.

1. Ransomware ($20 billion in damages)

Ransomware is a type of malware. It encrypts your data and holds it for ransom until you pay the attacker a sum of money (usually in cryptocurrency). In 2021 alone, ransomware caused more than $20 billion in damages worldwide (57x more than in 2015).

2. Social engineering ($6.9 billion in damages)

Social engineering uses psychological manipulation to trick people into revealing sensitive information or performing actions that aren’t usually done. For example, an attacker may pose as a trustworthy individual from your company and request access to confidential data. Once they have access, they can wreak havoc on your system. Global damages were $6.9 billion in 2021.

3. SQL injection attack ($200k+ to handle)

SQL injection attacks are still the third most common cyber threat. This attack occurs when malicious code is inserted into an input field on a web page, resulting in unintended actions. For example, an attacker can insert code that deletes data from your database. The average cost to manage an SQL injection attack is $200,000.

4. Distributed denial of service (DDoS) ($200k to $4 million to handle)

A DDoS attack is a type of cyber attack that overloads a system with requests, making it unavailable to legitimate users. The attacker achieves this by using a botnet, a network of hijacked devices controlled remotely. In 2021, the average cost of a DDoS attack was $200,000-$4 million, depending on the size of your company.

5. Phishing ($1 million per hour)

Phishing is a type of social engineering attack in which the attacker poses as a trustworthy entity to trick you into revealing sensitive information or performing an action. For example, an attacker may pose as someone within your company, asking for passwords or credit card numbers. They may also send you a malicious email attachment that, once opened, can infect your system with malware. Phishing attacks cost organizations $1 million per hour on average in 2021.

Prevent cyber attacks

Despite the high cost of cyber attacks, there are steps you can take to protect your business:

Setting up security measures doesn’t always have to be done in-house. In fact, we highly recommend engaging a specialist with the experience and expertise you need to protect your business and data. From commercial companies like Accenture and Deloitte to government agencies, our experienced team of cyber experts will help prepare your firm for regulatory compliance requirements in order to protect your data.

We ensure all our clients are protected against the ever-growing amount of cyberattacks and criminal activity. We are a certified CMMC Registered Partitioner Organization (RPO) with a dedicated team of CMMC certified staff ready to provide your firm with top-tier Cyber security services. So, contact us today, and let’s see how we can improve your cyber security posture.