Why would cyber criminals pick on school districts, libraries, health care and colleges rather than go after the big money associated with corporations? The simple answer is because data = money and security in smaller organizations is likely to be weaker.
All the power and access to data on the Internet comes with its share of dangers and security issues.
Many of the dark criminals will give themselves names like the Dark Overlord, Lizard Squad and Anonymous and brag on social media about their exploits.
Sometimes hackers hack for political or ideological reasons. Perhaps the crook has a grudge against an organization or just wants to prove that he has the power to bring the network down. Some hackers hack just for the fun of it.
If you think that your small network isn’t a target, think again. Sometimes hackers will use your network as a launching pad to attack larger and more lucrative organizations. By creating a botnet of various networks, the hacker can harvest more power and be more difficult to track.
In the end, we are all targets. Therefore, it is important to take care of the ‘low hanging fruit’. Implement best security practices.
- Keep your operating system up to date.
- Patch all systems
- Remove default configurations
- Use strong passwords
- Restrict administrator access