The benefits of the rapidly expanding hyper-connected world are coupled with rising incidents of hacking. Here are ten ways in which hackers can exploit security vulnerabilities and gain access to your business systems, leading to irreparable losses and reputational damages:

1. Email social engineering

Email social engineering, or spear phishing as it is commonly called, involves sending an email with an attachment or perhaps a link to a website to a targeted victim. Once clicked on, the link opens up a communication channel for hackers to browse and control your systems.

2. Vulnerabilities in websites

By implanting a piece of breach code on your company website, hackers can immediately infect visitors’ systems. It’s a tactic that is growing in popularity to infect a larger group of people.

3. USB key malware

Malware can also get installed into your system through an infected USB key. For instance, infected USB keys given out at a conference when inserted into your business systems can lead to hacking.

4. Security gaps in servers

Hackers are just one security gap away from infecting your business systems. Once they discover a vulnerability, they can exploit it to send commands to the server that will crash the applications and allow them to begin executing code.

5. Getting access to credentials

Hackers can often crack simple passwords or trick users into sharing their credentials. For example, they can send an email asking their target to reset their password. Once the target tries to do the same, the hacker can remotely log into their computer system.

6. Open wireless networks

Unsecured or poorly secured Wi-Fi networks can be easily exploited by hackers to get into your office systems and steal sensitive data.

7. Stolen credentials from third-party websites

People often tend to use the same username and passwords for their business logins as well as social media profiles. Cybercriminals can hack into third-party websites and steal these credentials to infiltrate company systems.

8. Web-based forms

The data shared by users on web-based forms are stored in your company’s database. When compromised, such forms can lead to malicious takeovers.

9. Cloak-and-dagger techniques

Hackers can also get hired into your organization and then misuse the access granted to them for their malicious purposes.


10. Employees’ personal devices

Now that remote working is the norm, employees often use personal devices to access company information. Such devices often lack robust security capabilities and when connected to public Wi-Fi serve as an easy entry point for hackers.