The Biggest Cyber Threats to Website Uptime

It’s one of the meanest tricks on the internet. A hacker plants a virus on your site, locking it down until you pay them to release it. It’s called Ransomware and it’s becoming one of the most popular ways that hackers take down sites.

While these “ransoms” are not typically huge – maybe a few hundred dollars – your site is still down and losing you money while you’re deciding whether or not to pay. Sadly, hackers are some of the most innovative thinkers on the web and are constantly finding ways to monetize their behavior at your expense.

Here are some of the other major cybersecurity risks that can affect your website’s uptime.

Denial-of-Service (DoS) Attacks. Your website can only handle a certain amount of traffic at one time. If you are a big organization with a high-reliance on your site than you have built-in redundancies to keep your site online, but smaller companies have less protection. With a denial-of-service attack, hackers have programs that ping your site for requests several times per second, overloading the servers and causing the site to crash.

Rogue Software. Some hackers put software online that looks like a legitimate application, but instead is a virus. Hackers then infiltrate your site and make it a place where this type of file gets downloaded on a visitor’s computer. If that happens your site could get listed on the Google Site Index and no longer be searchable, thereby greatly reducing the amount of traffic to your site.

Zero-Day Attacks. These are especially dubious. When a software is newly released or even updated to a new version, hackers will frantically work to find the holes in it to break into your system. This is especially important for website operators because hosting providers, such as WordPress or Drupal, make constant updates, but are also under current attack. If they release a new version that can be broken, your site could go down as a result.

It’s important to stay current on threats to the cybersecurity of your organization and can help you do just that.

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