Backdoor attacks explained: Protect your small business!

Cybersecurity is a global business concern, and contrary to popular belief, small businesses are equally at risk of being attacked by cybercriminals and hackers. One of the common types of cyberattack is called a backdoor exploit, or backdoor attack. In this post, we are discussing on this further, with tips on how to protect your business. 

What is a backdoor attack?

Backdoor attacks launched by hackers are often related to malware, although that may not be the case with every business. The backdoor allows the hacker to bypass existing cyber defenses and gain remote access to a network, device or system. Perpetrators can use the backdoor for a wide range of activities, including website defacing, stealing sensitive data, hijacking network resources, causing DDoS attacks, and causing further malware attacks. Your business needs to be serious about backdoor attacks for two reasons. Firstly, it can impact your IT resources without your knowledge, and secondly, this kind of cyberattack is often hard to detect. 

 Can you prevent backdoor attacks? 

A few precautionary steps can help in minimizing backdoor attacks and the extent of damage, if one happens – 

  1. Ensure that your networks, networked devices, IT resources are scanned and tested on a regular basis, so that suspicious files, unknown user activities, and security vulnerabilities can be found and fixed. 
  2. Use network segmentation and firewalls. Firewalls create a barrier between your networked devices & untrusted networks, and can be the frontline protection. Network segmentation allows to divide the networked resources into subnetworks, so that compromise on one doesn’t impact others. 
  3. Focus on employee training. Employees are on the forefront of ensuring cybersecurity, and they are also the ones responsible for often downloading and installing a malware. Ensure that your employees know about backdoor attacks in detail. 
  4. Use ethical hackers. It can be hard to be objective and critical of your own cyber defenses. You can consider running a bug bounty program, where ethical hackers can help you find security issues and possible cases of backdoors. 
  5. Stay proactive. This is more about being a step ahead of hackers. Ensure that you use antimalware software, focus on suspicious websites and downloads, and emails. Businesses to be aware of the numerous ways in which hackers can impact operations. 

Check online for the best programs for malware prevention, and don’t forget to keep an eye on the market news to find news related to backdoor attacks.