Security in Telecommunications: Today's Threats and What to Know
Telecommunication is communication via electronic means; such as telephone, satellite, radio, TV broadcasting, etc. Telecom is vital because they are responsible for the storage and transfer of sensitive data. Because of this, Telecom is at a higher risk for cyber attacks. Cybercriminals are targeting sensitive information from businesses and it's customers and subscribers. It's important to understand the different types of risks in order to work closely with IT and cybersecurity to prevent them.
Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS)
With all of the advancements in Telecom, cybercriminals are utilizing new methods to infiltrate. A major concern for cybersecurity is distributed denial of service (DDoS). DDoS attacks happen when a cybercriminal overwhelms a website with outside sources; this effects performance, network capacity, and can bring down the site completely. Normally, DDoS attacks are a distraction so cybercriminals can access private information like emails, home addresses, bank information, etc. Telecom companies have a higher risk of DDoS attacks.
Targeted Attacks (ATP Campaigns)
Targeted attacks, also known as ATP campaigns, is when an advanced hacker targets a Telecom company directly; accessing it's personal network and exposing data and information to third parties. Although these attacks are difficult and require advanced tools and hackers, they're not uncommon. Cybercriminals who gain access to a Telecom company's core can listen in and tamper with calls and data; they can also imitate and track subscribers.
Cloud security is popular among many businesses due to its costs, auto-updates, and efficiency. The downfall of cloud security is that it's more susceptible to security breaches. Surprisingly, insider security breaches are very common in cloud security. Employees can use their information to access important customer documents and financial forms.
Malicious codes are a threat to Telecom companies, but they seem to hit cloud computing systems frequently. If a cybercriminal manages to implant a malware code or script, they can eavesdrop and steal data from users. Malware can inconspicuously hide among the cloud system; making it easy to hack and tough to remove. USB devices, routers, and even phones can be attacked