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Attacks and infections brought on by the brute force of hackers are also nothing new, but they certainly are fearsome threats to your corporate network. The most bone-chilling aspect of these attacks isn’t just the way by which cybercriminals go about infecting the network, it’s also their determination. After all, according to the logistics of brute force attacks, it’s only a matter of time before a motivated hacker is able to decode sensitive authentication credentials with the help of trial-and-error and advanced algorithmic tools.
Brute force attacks are increasingly successful when users leverage unsecure passwords that include common words or a string of sequential numbers, as it reduces the effort needed to break them. According to security research firm Calyptix, nearly 20 percent of all cyberattacks last year came at the hands of determined hackers using brute force techniques.
Some of the best horror story twists happen when the monster has been inside the house with the victim all along, and security breaches that occur due to human error are no different. After all, many company leaders and IT managers don’t consider the risk that a company’s own employees can create.
In fact, a 2015 study from CompTIA found that more than half – 52 percent – of all security breaches happen because of errors made on the part of users. These include a failure to follow procedures (42 percent), overall carelessness (42 percent) as well as not keeping up with the most current threats (31 percent).
As this study shows, it’s invaluably important to be aware of the latest techniques hackers are using. In this way, your company and its users can work together to avoid cybercriminals’ traps and remain protected.
It’s also critical to have robust security tools on your side. For more information on how a next-generation firewall can help prevent the scariest threats to your network, contact Untangle today.