(And the 5 Best Ways to Protect Against Them) for 2018!

The cybercrime business has reached record proportions at nearly $1 trillion in earnings per year. Your data is an incredibly valuable asset – not only to you but to hackers as well. That’s why we’ve compiled some of the most common cybersecurity risks and ways to protect your business in 2018.

The Risks

  • A type of malicious
    software wherein the
    cybercriminal blocks
    access to your data
    or computer systems
    in exchange for a
    ransom fee. There’s
    been a huge
    increase in this type
    of attack within the
    last year.

  • A practice in which
    the cybercriminal
    sends an email
    claiming to be from
    a reputable company
    in an effort to get
    personal information
    from you, such as a
    credit card number
    or password.

  • A form of attack
    wherein the
    attempts to
    manipulate the end
    user into divulging
    personal information.
    They will often steal
    your email list and
    send a malicious
    message to your

  • A pop-up wherein
    you’re tempted to
    click on an ad of
    some sort – leaving
    your system infected
    with malware. This
    commonly happens
    on social media

  • A free Wi-Fi network
    setup with
    key-loggers that copy
    and archive all
    information typed
    once you’re
    Cybercriminals will
    setup these
    fake/phony networks
    in public areas.

How to Protect Your Business


Watch out for pop-ups, fake wireless networks, phishing attacks, and anything that seems suspicious. Always make sure you’re receiving information from a real person or company.

A complex password is necessary to prevent hackers from being successful. Here’s how to make a complex

  • Don’t use family names or words found in the dictionary.
  • Don’t re-use passwords across various accounts.
  • Don’t write your passwords down.
  • Do use more than 9+ characters.
  • Do use a mix of letters, numbers, and symbols.
  • Do turn on two-factor authentication when possible.


A virtual private network or VPN allows you to create a secure connection and share data remotely without
worry through a public network.

Your data must be backed up onsite and offsite (in a cloud-based system) on a regular basis. Test your
backups often and maintain at least three copies of everything.


A reputable IT company with experience in cybersecurity will be able to keep your network and users secure against any type of attack. They will:

  • Deploy a layered approach to security with firewalls, anti-virus software, regular software patch deployment, and more.
  • Conduct a social engineering test, then share the results with your staff and debrief/train your employees.

Don’t take unnecessary risks when it comes to cybercrime. Kyocera Intelligence is your KYOCERA Intelligence to keeping your data secure at all times. We specialize in simplifying the complexity and management of office technology solutions for over 25,000 organizations nationwide.