When a business falls victim to a cyberattack, its’ reliability suffers. This isn’t limited to your computer either; your telecommunications system is also a target for hackers and cybercriminals. Not only do you have to educate your employees, but you also have to understand what you are up against. Here are the four most common threats to the security of your telecommunication system.
Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) Cyberattacks
A DDos (Distributed Denial of Service) cyberattack either shuts down a website or a server or causes it to crash. If it works as the hacker intends, users will be locked out until an IT professional repairs the issue.
Phishing attacks trick users into clicking on falsified links. The link then asks them to share personal information (passwords, credit card numbers, or social security numbers). In terms of your telecommunications system, employees and clients could share their information with cybercriminals.
Attack on Infrastructure Equipment
A cybercriminal can also seize control of your hardware. If you experience a cyberattack of this sort on your router, a hacker can log onto your company’s server to steal information, store data, or use your services (i.e. make international phone calls).
Advanced Persistent Threats (APT)
Advanced Persistent Threats are, in some ways, the worst of all. APT’s are when a hacker gains access to your telecommunications network and accesses information over an extended period of time. In the past, hackers have used APT attacks to gain access to phone lines, online chat, and mobile devices with the goal of stealing data. If your company has a vast amount of data (like a financial company) you are more at risk for an APT attack.
It can be daunting to secure your telecommunication system from a cyberattack. Unfortunately, with each passing day it grows more difficult. It is best to leave cybersecurity to your IT professional, so that you can stay focused on your work. If you have any questions regarding Telecommunications security, or business phone systems in general, please contact Advanced Communication Systems today at 800-750-3624. You can also follow us on Facebook.