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COMMON CYBER SECURITY THREATS

Cyber security threats refer to any possible malicious attack that seeks to unlawfully access data, disrupt digital operations or damage information. Cyber threats continuously grow in sophistication, with attackers using an ever-expanding diversity of tactics. It costs both individuals and organizations billions worth of damages. Some of the common cyber security threats are: Malware; Phishing; Man in the middle; Denial of service; and Password attacks.


Malware is activated when a user clicks on a malicious link or attachment, which leads to installing dangerous software. Phishing attacks use fake communication, such as sending fraudulent emails that resembles emails from reputable sources, which aims to steal sensitive data like credit card numbers and login information. Man-in-the-middle is an eavesdropping attack where the hacker inserts themselves into a two-party transaction between the visitor and the network in order to steal data. Denial of service is a type of cyber-attack which attempts to crash a server, website or network by flooding it with traffic, usually from multiple coordinated systems. Password attacks include accessing a password database or outright guessing which relies heavily on human interaction and often involves tricking people into breaking standard security practices.


There are a lot more other different kinds of cyber security threats and others that are being developed constantly. That’s why it is of utmost importance for companies, as well as individuals, to have good cyber security and effective working practices that goes hand in hand in ensuring that all information and sensitive data are well protected.

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