What is a Cyber Threat?
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A cyber threat is malicious act that might result in a data breach or any other sort of unauthorised access. A cyber threat is any weakness that cyber-criminals can exploit. There are two types of cyber threats: deliberate and unintentional:
Intentional cyber threats: An example of an intentional cyber threat is installing the ransomware assault, which encrypts data and then demanding Bitcoin ransom payments.
Unintentional cyber threats: A massive data breach caused by a poorly configured S3 bucket security.
This is why it's more vital than ever to realise the difference between cybersecurity and data security, as well as how to conduct a cybersecurity risk evaluation. Your company requires policies and processes in place to manage information security in line with risk management principles, as well as countermeasures in place to prevent financial, legal, regulatory, and reputational issues.
If a cyber-attack results in a security issue, your company should be prepared to identify, categorise, manage, and report the issue to customers as needed. The first reasonable step is to create an incident handling strategy, which will eventually lead to the formation of a cybersecurity team. This team will be responsible for coming up with an overview of organisational, procedural, as well as technical countermeasures that will shape your cybersecurity strategy. Examples of countermeasures include:
- Provide training courses to all levels of your firm as a preventative strategy.
- Assessing all third-party vendors
- Installing antivirus, anti malware, anti-spyware, as well as network intrusion detection systems (NIDS) on all machines.
Cyber assaults that are successful can result in the loss of sensitive client data such as personal information and credit card details. This allows attackers to sell your clients' personal information on the dark web, or even demand ransom. You will also have to deal with the significant regulatory, financial, or, most crucially, reputational consequences of security breaches.
Cyber-attacks can also potentially cause major disruptions in your commercial operations. DDoS assaults have the potential to bring your website to a total halt. Even if you're a major corporation, you're not always safe. DDoS assaults brought down major companies like PayPal and Twitter in 2016. The effects of cyber-attacks can be categories into 5 main areas:
Financial Psychological Physical or Digital Social Reputation
Protecting against cyber threats
Your company can take several steps to protect itself from cyber-attacks. The list is enormous, and it includes anything from generating secure passwords to utilising advanced cybersecurity tools. Below is some advice when it comes to defending your company from cyber-attacks:
- Make sure that everyone in your business utilises strong passwords and password managers to decrease the risk of unwanted access caused by a leaked or cracked password. Additionally, inform your staff about phishing emails and to be careful when downloading attachments, especially if it is from unknown senders.
- Backup all data and make sure there's an audit trail. You won't know whether there was a data breach, illegal access, or modifications to your data unless you have a secure backup and audit trail for all essential business data.
- Make sure you have encryption methods in place for all your business and customer data. In the event of a breach, cybercriminals will have a harder time accessing customer data or trade secrets as part of corporate espionage.
- Antivirus and antimalware software are vital, but they aren't always enough. Your company should be always on the lookout for data breaches and continuously monitoring its computers and network systems.
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