For a tech geek or any other person who loves IT, cybersecurity sounds very interesting. The fact that cybersecurity revolves around building defense systems for IT and protecting valuable information from cybercriminals, it’s very hard not to get excited about the job. But that is not enough to know about cybersecurity! If it does excites you and you want to explore the field more, it might help to start from the basics.
What is cybersecurity?
Cyber security is known as the practice of defending computers, servers, data, etc. from any cyber-attacks. Cybersecurity is also known as information technology security/electronic information security. Cybersecurity can be divided into further common categories like-
- Network security
- Application security
- Information security
- Operational security
- End-user education
With a fast increase of data globally, cyber threats also continue to evolve at a rapid pace. Many sectors like medical services, retailers, and public entities are prone to cyber-crime. Some of these sectors are cybercriminals’ favorites as they collect financial and medical data, all businesses that use networks can be targeted for customer data.
There are 3 types of cyber threats-
It includes targeting the systems for financial gain or to cause disruption.
It includes politically motivated information gathering.
It is intended to cause panic or fear.
What does it offer you?
Cybersecurity protects your business from malware like Adware, Ransomware, Spyware, etc.
It gives you many protection opportunities for your business. Which results in productivity and security of the business. Here are some of them-
- Business protection!
Cyber security provides digital protection to the business that will ensure that the employees working aren’t at risk from potential malware.
Viruses can slow down computer systems, and make work practically impossible. Effective cyber security eliminates this possibility and maximizes the business’s productivity.
- Customer confidence!
If the business is effectively protected against all kinds of cyber breaches, the business will automatically inspire trust in the customers that their personal data will never be compromised.
- No going down!
If a business hosts its own website, a potential cyber breach could be very disastrous. If the system becomes infected, it’s possible that the website could be forced to close, which means the business will lose money as a result of lost transactions.
What are the threats in cybersecurity?
A cybersecurity threat is a deliberate attack to gain unauthorized access to another individual’s or organization’s network. It can be used to damage, disrupt, or steal data assets, intellectual property, etc.
While cyber threats continue to grow, there are many common and prevalent cyberthreats that should be known to present-day organizations. Here are some of them-
They are the most common type of cyberattack. It is defined as malicious software, including spyware, ransomware, viruses, which gets installed into the user’s system when the user clicks a dangerous link or email. Once inside the system, it can damage the system, and gather confidential information, from the user.
Cybercriminals send emails that seem to come from legitimate resources. Then the user is tricked into clicking the link in the email, which then leads to malware installation or even disclosure of sensitive information.
- Spear Phishing:
It is a more sophisticated form of a phishing attack. In this type, the cybercriminals target only privileged users such as system administrators.
- SQL injection:
A SQL(Structured Query Language) attack occurs when cyber criminals try to access the database by uploading some malicious SQL scripts. If the attack becomes successful, the malicious criminal can then view, change, or delete data stored in the SQL database.
- Denial of service attack:
It aims at flooding the systems, networks, or servers with huge loads of traffic, thereby making the system unable to fulfill the requests. The attack can also use several infected devices to launch other attacks on the target systems, this is known as a Distributed Denial of Service attack.
- DNS attack:
A DNS attack is a type of cyberattack in which cybercriminals exploit the Domain Name System (DNS). The attacker diverges the DNS vulnerabilities to divert the site audience to different malicious pages and take data from compromised systems.
As the business is digitizing gradually, cybercrimes are also increasing at the same rate. If not taken seriously, it can seriously damage the field of business you are in.
What is the solution?
We can’t stop criminals from committing a crime, right? What we can do is take precautions and measures so that the next cyberattack doesn’t have to be to your business. Enabling cybersecurity is a must nowadays! So starting with that, here are some more practices to get protected from cyber threats-
- Insider threat program
- Train the employees
- Maintain the compliance
- A cyber incident response plan
- Backup all the data
- Regular system and software update
- Initiating phishing simulations
This topic is not something to ignore. Because someone will take the first step towards your business data, either by you or the cyber attacker.
And it better be you!
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