Each year, Trustwave releases a Global Security Report that provides “a window into the latest developments in the world of cybercrime.” This year’s report was recently made available for download, offering some critical insights into cybercrime trends. All business owners with an online presence should take the time to review this report and think about how these findings could affect their organization.
Don’t have time to read the entire report right now? Explore some key findings below, as well as what they might mean for your business.
Cloud Server Attacks Are on the Rise
One of the most important findings that business owners should be aware of is that there has been a substantial increase in attacks on cloud servers. Specifically, cloud hosting services now make up a full 20 percent of all investigated cybercrime incidents, making them the third most targeted platform for cybercrime.
If your business relies on cloud hosting for its website or other services, this can be an alarming statistic, as your site may be at greater risk than ever before. Therefore, you may want to consider switching to a dedicated server host to improve your security.
Ransomware Is Becoming Increasingly Common
In the past, cybercriminals targeted individual users’ payment information, which could then be used to ring up hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars in charges. However, the Trustwave report found that, for the first time ever, ransomware has become a more common cyber-attack method.
Ransomware refers to a breach where hackers use malware to encrypt specific files on a computer or server. In some cases, the entire hard drive may be encrypted. From there, hackers will demand a “ransom” payment to release the files. According to the Trustwave Global Security Report, instances of ransomware are up four percent from 2018.
More Vulnerabilities and DDoS Attacks
Trustwave’s report also found that the number of overall vulnerabilities in common database products was up from 148 in 2018 to 202 in 2019. These increased vulnerabilities also led to higher rates of distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. Because of this, it is now more important than ever for business owners to have some form of DDoS protection in place.
How a Dedicated Server Can Help
If you aren’t already using a dedicated server, now is the time to consider making the switch. Otherwise, your data security could be at risk – especially if your business is currently relying on a cloud hosting service. A dedicated server host can provide unrivaled security and protection against cyber threats, including ransomware and DDoS attacks.
At ReliableSite, you’ll even enjoy free standard DDoS protection for added peace of mind, and you can purchase additional protection as you see fit. Our dedicated hosting company has always placed security at the forefront of what we do, and this is reflected in the service you receive from us. We also regularly post blog updates and articles with the latest data security tips to help our clients stay informed.
Ready to upgrade to a dedicated server? Get started today by contacting ReliableSite; we’re also happy to answer any questions you may have about dedicated hosting!