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Cybersecurity needs to be a critical priority in any profession. There are thousands of cybersecurity risks that companies must be prepared for. Ransomware, phishing attacks, and other cyber crimes can compromise a company’s most important data, while simultaneously destroying the computing system.

A cybersecurity attack plants a battlefield that security professionals will have to defend. Believe it or not, thousands of invasion threats creep into a company’s network every day. Security providers need to be ready to attack an attacker from every angle of the playing field. If an attack strikes past the network’s wall of defense, then company’s face tremendous risk for harm.

Here’s an overview about some of the most dangerous types of cybersecurity threats that you should be on your toes for:

Malware
Malware is one of the most common forms of attacks occurring on the web. It is a dangerous form of software that carries viruses. Ironically, malware often appears as an antivirus popup alert or as a harmful email attachment.

Malware attackers prey on a user’s computer network very easily. Be careful if you ever receive a message that requires you to take some type of action. If the message asks you to download, install, or even open something, then chances are that it’s a malware threat. Do not open the message, because once malware strikes, hackers can gain control of your computer and access confidential data with ease.

Ransomware
Ransomware is one of the most powerful forms of malware sweeping through the nation right now. When ransomware strikes a network, users will lose complete access to their computer system. Ransomware will appear in one of two ways:

  1. Locker ransomware: Denies access to a computer or device
  2. Crypto ransomware: Encrypted code that prevents access to files or data

Ransomware is extremely costly. When a ransomware virus hits, victims are tricked into paying for the infected software. After a ransom payment is made, the virus will spread through the network, giving complete control to the attacker. It’s not easy to recover from ransomware either. After the attack, users will usually have to pay expensive sums for repair services.

Phishing
Another malicious cyber attack is phishing. Simply put, phishing is when an attacker disguises their identity as someone else – usually a trusted individual. When attackers make a phishing attempt, they make an effort to get someone to open an attachment or install something based on a victim’s curiosity impulse.

Watch out for phishing attempts. When attackers send you something to open, it will usually have a link that takes you to another website or file. When the link is opened, dangerous malware is automatically installed into your network. If this link asks you to verify your email address, then stay away.

Denial-of-Service (DoS)
Denial-of-service attacks prevent users from navigating certain websites. During a denial-of-service (DoS), attackers usually strike from multiple computers and IP addresses to overload certain websites. Attackers will overload the website’s traffic capacity, which causes the site to shut down for other users.

 

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