It remains that the best single method to secure your network from hackers and thieves is the VPN. But, in spite of the security that a VPN can bring, VPNReviewz reports that there are occasionally security breaches…and that often these breaches could have been avoided. One way to keep your system more secure is to know how it happens and who does it. VPNReviewz CEO, Michael Maxstead, has compiled a short list of both of these, the how, and who. I’ll outline them in this article.
The 4 Kinds Of Hackers
Knowing your enemies is one of the best ways to win a war. Here, the war is security, so knowing who might try to exploit your system is quite important. Here are the most common 4:
- Political Animals – They will try destroy your reputation, or even possibly exploit your system to their own ends…whatever those may be.
- Script Kids – The fame of the exploit is all these hackers want. Sometimes they will steal, (and publish,) just enough information to prove they did it. The worst part of this is that they will inform as many hacker communities as they can of the exploit.
- Money Hungry Dogs – This breed will steal every credit card number, bank account log-ins, or anything else financially related. Once they have the data, they will be spending the money like mad-men.
- Vengeance Is Mine – Sayeth this hacker. Disgruntled employees, both past and present, can be a severe liability to your security.
Methods To The Madness
As you can see, there are a few types of people you will want to watch out for. And, there are quite a few methods they will use to hack through your security system. Here are the 4 most common methods they use for their mayhem according to VPNReviewz:
- Loose Lips – Sink ships, yes, that is true. With this method becoming ever more popular, you will want to discuss the passing of information with your employees. Disgruntled employees are the most likely culprits here.
- System Exploitation – Keeping your Operating System, and VPN client completely up-to-date and patched is important here, especially with the VPN client.
- Physical Access – Laptops, and other VPN enabled devices can easily be lost or stolen. And when the device falls into the right hands, your network is as good as opened up to them…especially if auto-login is enabled. Even if it isn’t, the password files are but a simple matter for most hackers.
- MITM Attacks – The good ole’ Man-In-The-Middle. This is where the hacker “listens” to your network for someone to log in and gets their credentials through an authentication file passed in the very beginning of the communication.
Keeping Out The Thieves And Prying Eyes
It’s all up to you. And, as you can see, a few simple steps and precautions can prevent data loss that could potentially be devastating to your business. Things like regular updates, and rigid security policies for remote users will prevent many of these. Another thing the VPNReviewz CEO highly recommends is to eliminate accounts of users that are no longer employed, or contracted by your company.