How Breaches Happen: The Unseen Risks in Cybersecurity

Carmine J. Corridore

Carmine J. Corridore

Carmine Corridore is a seasoned professional in the I.T. industry with over 30 years of experience. He has held various positions from field tech, team lead, service manager, project manager, and Director of I.T. Currently, he serves as the Client Facing Chief Strategy Officer and President of Underdog Cyber Defense. Carmine is a Rotarian and serves on the local chamber board and several committees. Carmine believes in giving back to the community, and he accomplishes that through donations and sourcing local talent and goods. Carmine is Credentialed and Certified in Cybersecurity.

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Whenever I meet with a new business prospect, the topic of How Breaches Happen always comes up. There seems to be a common misconception that cybercriminals target only specific, high-profile victims. However, the truth is far more indiscriminate. Cyber breaches often occur not through deliberate targeting but through opportunistic exploration. In this article, we’ll delve into the mechanics of these breaches and discuss how businesses, regardless of size, can fortify their defenses against these unforeseen threats.

The Unpredictable Nature of Cyber Attacks

Cyber attacks are akin to a thief testing doorknobs in a neighborhood – they’re looking for the most accessible entry, not necessarily the most valuable. Techniques like phishing, malware, and exploiting network vulnerabilities are standard tools in their arsenal. These methods don’t discriminate by the size or importance of the target; they exploit any vulnerability available. 

Once they find a possible target, they begin to do their own “due diligence” to determine the best time to breach. Cybercriminals don’t want to get caught. So it’s in their best interest to learn everything before entry.

 Dispelling the ‘Not a Target’ Myth is Important in Understanding How Breaches Happen.

It’s a dangerous fallacy to believe that being small or ‘insignificant’ in the vast digital universe makes you safe. In reality, smaller businesses often become inadvertent victims. The most common reason is small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) don’t invest enough money in cybersecurity prevention. Another reason is they may not have access to the proper staff to help keep them protected. A final reason is they need to invest in staff awareness training. Statistics reveal that many cyber attacks target small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Without the proper protections, staff, and training, breaches happen. 

 The Domino Effect: How breaches happen.

Let’s talk about how breaches happen. Going back to our earlier example, A thief goes into a neighborhood wiggling door knobs to see what doors open. Once he finds one, he carefully watches the house and surrounding houses. He observes the neighborhood patterns. Is there a neighborhood watch? How busy is your neighborhood? Is there a lot of coming and going? When would be the best time to strike? All this is a compromise, the due diligence I spoke of earlier. 

Let’s take it a step further. During the criminal’s due diligence, he notices a different neighbor’s house that is either equally as vulnerable or more appealing. We call this a Supply Chain Attack.

Supply Chain attacks are a continuation of how breaches happen.

When a business is attacked, the cybercriminal will look to maximize their return. They do that by attacking the business partners, vendors, and customers. As the business, you are already a trusted source, so when people in your supply chain get an email asking them to take action, they may not hesitate. This action might be downloading the same malware that attacked your organization unsuspectingly. The attack on their business begins, and a new cycle of breaches happens. 

Recognizing Your Vulnerability

Cybersecurity protection is about layers of security. Cybercrime is a business, and the harder you make it for the criminal to achieve their goal, they might just pass your business up. What do you do? How do you know if your business is at risk? Warning signs include:

  • Outdated security software.
  • Lack of regular cybersecurity risk assessments.
  • Insufficient employee training on cybersecurity.

You can have the best protections in place, but these oversights can open the door for cybercriminals.

 Building Your Cyber Defense

Protecting your business starts with understanding and action. Regularly update your security protocols, conduct thorough network assessments, and invest in employee training. Developing a robust incident response plan is also crucial. These steps are not just preventative measures; they are essential investments in the longevity and safety of your business.

Conclusion:

Cybersecurity breaches can happen to anyone, and the consequences are often far-reaching. Understanding the indiscriminate nature of cyber attacks is the first step in protecting your business. But understanding alone isn’t enough – action is critical.

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About the Author

Carmine Corridore is a seasoned professional in the I.T. industry with over 30 years of experience. He has held various positions from field tech, team lead, service manager, project manager, and Director of I.T. Currently, he serves as the Client Facing Chief Strategy Officer and President of Underdog Cyber Defense. Carmine is a Rotarian and serves on the local chamber board and several committees. Carmine believes in giving back to the community, and he accomplishes that through donations and sourcing local talent and goods. Carmine is Credentialed and Certified in Cybersecurity.

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