3 Cybersecurity Threats to Watch Out For
Infiltrations, data breaches, spear phishing and brute force attacks are some of the online threats you’ll find out there. Cyber security attackers are not discriminatory towards organizations or individuals when looking for a target. In my conversation with Trishneet Arora, India’s youngest ethical hacker, listed in Forbes 30 under 30 and the founder of TAC Security- a cyber security company. His passion for securing cyberspace is genuinely inspiring. We discussed, at large, what a cyber security threat is and what kinds of threats one needs to be aware of.
Sharing my insight here.
Attacks on the internet can be motivated by a variety of reasons. However, it is primarily focused on money. There are times when cyber attackers take a computer system offline and demand payment to restore it. Corporations and individuals are susceptible to cyber attacks, often by using public networks and storing personal information on mobile phones.
Nowadays, cyber-attacks come in wide varieties. We can better protect our networks and systems if we understand the different types of cyberattacks. Here, we examine the top 3 cyber-attacks that can affect individuals or large businesses, depending on their size.
Let’s start with the various types of cyberattacks on our list:
There are many types of cyberattacks, but this is the most common. Viruses classified as malware include adware, spyware, ransomware, and trojan.
Trojan viruses masquerade as legitimate software. Spyware steals all your confidential data without you knowing it, while ransomware blocks access to the network’s key components. Adware displays advertisement content on a user’s screen, such as banners.
An attack by malware exploits a vulnerability in a network. An infected pen drive or clicking a dangerous link can download an email attachment.
2. Phishing Attack
In terms of cyberattacks, phishing attacks are among the most widespread. Social engineering attacks involve impersonating a trusted contact and sending fake emails to the victim.
A victim may open a malicious email and click on the link or open its attachment without being aware of the danger. Attackers are thus able to access confidential information and account credentials. Phishing attacks can also install malware.
3. Insider threat
As the name implies, insider threats are not caused by third parties but by insiders. The person could be within the organization and know everything about it. The potential damage caused by insider threats is immense.
Small businesses are particularly vulnerable to insider threats since their staff has access to multiple accounts. Greed, malice, or carelessness can all be reasons for this type of attack. It is hard to predict insider threats, so they are tricky to deal with.
Cyber threats can make businesses and consumers nervous. The threats certainly exist, and they’re getting more frequent.
Nevertheless, don’t be scared! Protecting critical digital assets is very much possible even when a powerful nation-state targets a company. Planned and committed resources are required, but it can be done.
Stay safe, readers, from viruses in the real and virtual worlds!
For my full conversation with Trishneet, click here.