Organisation of all size can become the target of a cybersecurity attack. A great way to defend your organisation is to understand the different kinds of threats that you might face.
Below we have listed some of the most common types of cybersecurity attacks. If you would like to know more about them cybersecurity attacks, create your Open Pilot and choose our Primer Offering Level.
Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks are the most common types of attacks and are a direct and immediate threat to data centre uptime. This attack consists of hackers attempt to make a website or computer unavailable by flooding or crashing the website with too much traffic. A report by Netscout found that in 2018 there were approximately 16.794 DDoS attacks per day.
Cybercriminals are now targeting enterprise infrastructure with ransomware, and the damage can be extensive and long-lasting. Ransomware is a form of malware that encrypts a victim's files. The attacker then demands a ransom from the victim to restore access to the data upon payment. These types of attacks could not only threaten customer data on a provider’s servers but completely undermine trust in that service. Data isn’t just at risk of being published, but being changed permanently, threatening its integrity.
Phishing is a Cyber Crime aimed at persuading individuals into providing sensitive data for illegal purposes, such as identity theft and financial loss. The hacker masquerades as a trusted entity by simply registering domains and designing websites or emails to make them look like they are legitimately from the "real brand". This way, they lure their victims into opening an email, instant message, or text message. Recipients are then tricked into revealing their personal information, clicking on a malicious link, which can result in the installation of malware, ransomware attacks, or the extraction of sensitive information.
Phishing is one of the most popular Cyber Attacks and it is becoming even more popular. The reason is that this attack does not require particular technical knowledge, it is enough to target people who are not aware of or do not use Cybersecurity Best Practices: humans are the weak link in Cybersecurity after all.
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