The Different Types of Cybersecurity Threats

Cybersecurity is an important aspect of business management today. Businesses must protect their IT systems and infrastructure from nefarious activities and malware attacks.

Cybercriminals can enter a system without getting detected for months if not years. That makes it more important to learn about the types of cybersecurity threats.

We’ve put together this guide to describe some of the types including malware, DoS, MITM and more.

1. Denial of Service

DoS floods a network of computers so it doesn’t respond to any request. Cybercriminals use flood attacks to disrupt the process. They also use other tactics to carry out DoS. In most cases, attackers use DoS to disable a network so they can launch another attack.

2. Malware

Malware is nefarious software including worms, spyware, viruses and ransomware. This attack activates when a user clicks on a link, which then installs the malicious software. Malware attacks can block access to network components, disrupt some parts of the system and make it inoperable, or install other dangerous software and obtain sensitive information.

3. Man in the Middle

MITM occurs when a hacker involves themselves in a two-party transaction. They disrupt the traffic to steal the data. MITM takes place when a user browses a system via an unsecured WiFi network. The attacker uses this opportunity to come between the network and the visitor and uses malware software to steal data.

4. Phishing Attack

Phishing involves an attacker impersonating themselves as someone else (e.g. an executive or celebrity) to get people to open an email or provide personal information. The purpose of phishing attacks is to steal and use sensitive information such as banking credentials or to break into the system.

5. SQL Injection

Structured Query Language injection is a cyberattack that occurs when an attacker inserts malicious code into a SQL-using server. The server then releases the protected and sensitive data. SQL injection is the easiest type of cybersecurity threat.

6. Corporate Account Takeover

CATO attacks target businesses whereby a cybercriminal impersonates the business entity to send unauthorized ACH and wire transactions. The funds are then directed to accounts used by attackers.

Most businesses are prone to CATO if their networks are weak. It results in huge losses for the business.

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Avoid these cybersecurity breaches with SunRiver IT. As an IT security consulting firm, we empower businesses to make the right decisions so they can protect their systems. We also offer cybersecurity services to ensure your system is protected from these and other threats. Discuss your options with us by giving us a call today.