As a small business owner in Connecticut, you may not be well-versed in protecting your business, employees and customers from cyberattacks. If this applies to you, that needs to change as soon as possible.

To give you an idea of your vulnerabilities, Business News Daily breaks down common cyberattacks. Once you have an understanding of what you are up against, you can start to figure out how to protect yourself.

DDoS

A distributed denial of service attack bloats your servers to the point where network systems or sites are inaccessible. If customers cannot pull up your site, you can miss out on sales, and frustrated consumers may flock to your competitors to meet their needs.

APT

Advanced persistent threats are cyberattacks in which hackers break into your network to swipe whatever data they find. With APT attacks, even if you discover the breaches, there is a good chance the perpetrator has other means of accessing your network.

Inside attack

This attack initiates from inside your operation. An employee can misuse her or his access to gain sensitive or personal information. Specifically, it could be a current or former employee, so change access protocols accordingly whenever a disgruntled employee leaves the company.

Ransomware

How ransomware works is your company’s computers lock up from malware, preventing you from accessing information until you pay the hacker a ransom. Other types of ransomware attacks force you to pay to keep sensitive information out of the hands of the public.

This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.