Common Cyber Attacks

Cyber attacks and how they can harm your business

With cyber attacks on the rise, making sure your organization is protected will help give you peace of mind as your business grows. A successful cyber attack can have devastating effects on your business, and some never recover.

So, what exactly is a cyber attack?

A cyber attack is when someone tries to access your private information, electronic devices or computer networks without permission. It can target any of your online spaces, such as your website, cloud storage, devices, web-based applications or social media accounts.

Watch out for these common cyber attacks

There are many different ways someone can try to attack your business, but the most common ones affecting Canadian businesses are phishing, malware and unauthorized access.

  • Phishing is a cyber attack that involves cyber criminals pretending to be someone they are not to trick you into giving confidential information. Phishers may pretend to be a bank representative, a government official or someone from within your organization.
  • Malware is malicious software that is designed to infiltrate or damage systems, networks and devices without you knowing. Malware can take many forms, but once it is installed, the attacker will have access to your sensitive information.
  • Unauthorized access occurs when someone gains access to an organization's information, devices or networks without authorization.

To learn more about specific cyber attacks, check out the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security's cyber threat toolbox.

Protect your business from cyber attacks

Although phishing, malware and unauthorized access are the most common cyber attacks affecting Canadian businesses, there are a lot more to watch out for. CyberSecure Canada offers a free, self-paced online eLearning course that will walk you through how to establish security controls to protect your business from attacks. Once you implement these security controls, you will have the option to apply for CyberSecure certification.

Getting your business cybersecure takes time and effort, but the investment is necessary to ensure your business and your customers are protected. Check out our Cybersecurity 101 blog post to learn more about cybersecurity and why it matters to your business.

Why get certified?

Once your organization puts into place all of the required security controls, you can apply for certification. Getting CyberSecure certified has many benefits, including:

  • limiting the impacts of a cyber incident
  • enhancing your competitive advantage and attracting new business
  • reassuring your customers and investors that their information is protected
  • improving your cybersecurity knowledge

To learn how to get certified, visit the CyberSecure certification web page.

You may be eligible to receive funding to help offset the costs of implementing cybersecurity controls and getting certified. Visit the Canada Digital Adoption Program web page to learn more.