Be Ready: The Most Common Types of Cyber Attacks Businesses Face Today

Be Ready: The Most Common Types of Cyber Attacks Businesses Face Today

Did you know that 60 percent of small businesses go out of business after a cyber attack?

It seems like everyday cyber attacks get stronger and more inventive in their ways of attack. Have you wondered if your business can ward off a cyber attack? 

In this case, the more you know the more prepared you will be. Read on to learn more about some of the most common types of cyber attacks. 


Malware refers to malicious spyware, software, viruses, ransomware, and worms. This type of cyber attack tends to target websites on the most vulnerable spots of a business.

For example, malware can attack in many ways such as in the form of an email attachment. Once the malware is on the inside, it can cause severe destruction. 

It can prevent administrators from access certain components of their network. The harmful software can also install other harmful viruses.

Website Vulnerabilities

Website vulnerabilities are weak points that make a website vulnerable to attackers. 

Most websites are vulnerable because they have outdated software or other components. Typically outdates content management systems or plugins means certain areas of the website will be left unattended.

Some of the most common types of vulnerabilities include SQL Injections and Cross-Site Scripting (XSS).

In order to protect themselves from vulnerabilities, websites should keep their CMS systems and plugins updated.


Phishing is another type of cyberthreat affecting many businesses. Most phishing attempts come through email or another reputable source. 

A phishing email will disguise as a reliable source of communication and attempt to collect information out of you. They might try to collect personal information or credit card information.

Phishing attacks will also install malware in the system in order to obtain personal information such as passwords and others.


When an attacker sends fake traffic in a website, it's called a DDoS attack. The purpose of the attack is to overload the server and cause the website or computer to go slow. 

Having a slow website will decrease their chances of getting placed at the top of the search results. Since the website has longer loading times, it will prevent many users from visiting the website, affecting conversion

If users don't stick around for a long time, they might not buy the website's services or products.

Password Attacks

Almost every business goes to great lengths to try to protect their passwords. However, this type of threat attacks businesses in order to gain access to their information.

Password attackers have an automated system that attempts a number of combinations in order to penetrate into the network. They can get quite clever with their passwords combinations. 

In order to protect their business from this type of attack, it's important for businesses to remain consistent about password best practices. 

Common Types of Cyber Attacks: The Bottom Line

These types of cyber attacks use careful tactics in order to attack a business at their most vulnerable spots. Now that you know about malware, password attacks, and vulnerabilities you can be better prepared.

Are you ready to defend your business from cyber attacks? Let Preactive IT Solutions help you. Contact us today for more information.