WHAT ARE CYBER THREATS?
Cyber threats are dangers that threaten the security of your organization’s data, systems, and networks. Cyber threats can be either intentional or unintentional, but they all have the potential to cause damage to your business. They are malicious and unlawful acts that can be carried out by hackers to disrupt, damage, or gain unauthorized access to information systems.
Cyber threats are a serious problem, they are becoming more and more common and most people don’t realize how much of their information is available online. Cyber threats are the risks that can be caused by cybercriminals, ranging from identity theft to damage to equipment.
Cyber threats are real, and they’re growing. As such, it’s becoming more important than ever to take steps to protect your company from these dangers.
EXAMPLES OF CYBER THREATS
Malware attacks: Malware is a type of software designed to damage or disable computers without the owner’s consent. It can take many forms, including viruses and worms. A virus attaches itself to programs on your computer and spreads by infecting other computers while a worm infects computers by replicating itself over networks until it reaches every computer connected to it.
Phishing – Phishing is when someone tries to trick you into giving them sensitive information by pretending to be someone else. For example, an email may claim to be from a company like your bank asking for personal information like your password or social security number. Phishing emails usually contain links that lead to fake websites designed to look like legitimate sites so you will think they are safe enough to enter your information on them.
Ransomware – Ransomware is software that encrypts all of the data on a computer and demands payment for the decryption key needed to unlock it again. Some ransomware may also delete files if the payment is not made in time.
Data breaches: These occur when someone steals your data, such as customer information or proprietary information about your business. It could also include stealing employee passwords, which could lead to other forms of data breaches.
virus: A virus attaches itself to a program file and spreads when another user opens the infected file. Viruses can cause damage by corrupting files and deleting them from your computer without your knowledge; they may also slow down performance due to the extra processing time required.
Spyware: Spyware is software installed on a device without the knowledge of its owner that tracks user activity and transmits it back to other parties without the permission of the user. Spyware often includes keyloggers that record everything typed on the keyboard by an individual user and send this information back to whoever planted the spyware on your computer.
Pharming: When hackers redirect traffic from legitimate websites so they're directed to fake sites instead. This can trick users into giving up their personal information and passwords on phony sites set up by cybercriminals.
Social engineering: It aims at convincing people into breaking normal security procedures and it relies heavily on human interaction and often involves tricking the victim into revealing confidential information. This can be done over the telephone or through emails using voice impersonation or by sending emails that appear to come from someone known personally who requests personal information.
These are some cyber-attacks that are common today and they are very harmful. It's important that you protect yourself from these attacks so as to save your business or your data.