Jul 6 21

A Guide to Cyberattacks: What Are They?

Tranelle Maner

In the past few years, cyberattacks have become increasingly common. From the emergence of malware to the creation of botnets, cyberattacks are considered some of the biggest threats facing both individual consumers and businesses worldwide, here’s our guide to cyberattacks.

What is a Cyberattack?

A cyberattack is an invasion of computer systems. Cyberattacks are usually conducted by a third party to gain access to information or to cause damage. Cybercriminals target social media networks to spread misinformation or propaganda, stealing information or extorting money from consumers. Many consumers aren’t taking cybercrime threats seriously and some even fall victim to fake news and scams, especially with elections around the corner.

Types of Cyberattacks

Organizations have always been at risk for cyberattacks. Nowadays, these threats are much more sophisticated. This is evident from the rise of malware, which cybercriminals use for malicious purposes, to hacktivists and groups like the “Anonymous”, a group who use the internet for an array of crimes and non-violent protests. Cyber attacks can come from any source, from hacking, social engineering, phishing and malware that can be downloaded onto your device.

Phishing

Phishing is one of the most common forms of a cyberattack, and is considered to be one of the most effective attacks. This type of attack works by tricking people into revealing personal information, or compromising systems that you don’t need to be compromised for, such as email.

Sliding doors

This attack is highly sophisticated and requires close proximity to the target. The malware can determine how far along you are in your hard drive and corrupt files.

How To Protect Yourself From A Cyberattack

Cybersecurity incident response is the protection of your business from an attack. The answer to protecting yourself and/or your business is having the right tools in place. Once you establish proper cybersecurity protocols you limit your risk for attacks.

Conclusion

As technology advances, security risks are rising leading to increased focus on protection against cyberattacks. There are a number of measures one can take to ensure their systems are secure. Remember to stay updated and vigilant when working online and you can keep your information safe.