Cybersecurity has always been a concern for those with devices, but it is ever-growing and becoming increasingly difficult to combat. It seems as though new threats are popping up every day with the widespread use of technology today. With malware being an issue since the inception of internet usage, security risks will continue to be so long as we rely on connectivity in our world, whether by individual or business entities alike!
As scary as it sounds, there are common types of security risks that are preventable and identifiable. In this article, we are going to put the magnifying glass on these threats and how you can stop them before they get out of hand!
Malware is a common form of security threat that can be devastating. It has been around since the internet’s inception. It continues to remain persistent in today’s digital world, with malware ranging from stealing information, denying access to programs, deleting files, and spreading itself on other systems.
“I’ve been hacked!” When you log in to an account, a common conclusion is only to find your password changed and your details are lost. The reality is that a very talented third party managed to guess or steal your password and has since run amok with the information. It is far worse for businesses that could lose sensitive data due to this type of hack attack on their network infrastructure.
Eavesdropping is a type of third-party interference in which one party listens to information sent between another user and the host. The kind of data stolen varies based on the traffic but often includes logins or valuable personal information.
Phishing scams are outdated or old attack methods and rely on social engineering to achieve their goal. Typically, the target receives a message or email which requests sensitive data – such as passwords. Sometimes, these phishing messages appear official with legitimate appearing addresses and media content that compels individuals to click links where they can accidentally give away their most intimate information.
Distributed Denial of Service is a method of attacking in which malicious parties target servers and overload them with user traffic. When a server cannot handle incoming requests, its host website shuts down or slows to unusable performance.
An XSS attack is when a third party targets a vulnerable website and injects dangerous code. These websites typically lack encryption, which makes them easy to target. When users access these sites, they are targeted with a payload that either disrupts standard services or steals their information (depending on what the attacker wants).
Zero-day vulnerabilities are a real danger that governments and businesses need to be aware of. These exploits can cause major damage in the form of lost data, ruined information systems, or financial losses by stealing sensitive information if they’re not dealt with quickly.
What are some cybersecurity risks?
Data breaches are a common cyber-attack that can lead to disastrous repercussions, such as decreased business success and increased risk of outside attacks. With global connectivity on the rise and cloud services being used increasingly often with poor security parameters, your company is at greater risk for this attack than ever before.
What is the biggest cybersecurity threat to the United States?
Nation-state hackers are the most serious in terms of the threats the U.S. faces.
Top 10 Cybersecurity Risks for Businesses
- Ransomware & Malware.
- Endpoint Attacks.
- Third-Party and Supply Chain Attacks.
- Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence Attacks.
- IoT Attacks.
- Inadequate Patch Management.
Are cookies a security risk?
Cookies are not harmful because they cannot infect computers with viruses or other malware. Cyberattacks enable access and then hijack your browsing sessions. Well, the danger lies in their ability to track the browsing history f the user.
Why are cyber attacks so dangerous?
Cyberattacks can cause needless military equipment failures, electrical blackouts, and about every national security secret, you could imagine. They’ll result in the theft of valuable, sensitive data like your medical records too-and if they succeed at all, that’s been disruptive for phone networks or computer systems, making it unavailable to be able to access any information whatsoever!
Desiree Macy is the Editorial Director of SIA Online Magazine which is frequented by security executives, corporate security officers, and private protection professionals each month. Desiree’s interests revolves around cyber-security, and business continuity.