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Cybersecurity is the protection of computer systems and networks from the theft of or damage to their hardware, software or electronic data, as well as from the disruption or misdirection of the services they provide. Cybersecurity is one of the major challenges in the contemporary world. The field is becoming more important due to increased reliance on computer systems, the internet and wireless network standards such as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi due to the growth of smart devices such as smartphones, television and the various devices that constitute the internet of things.
In computers and computer networks an attack is any attempt to expose, alter, disable, destroy, steal or gain unauthorized access of an asset. A cyber attack is any type of offensive maneuver that targets computer information systems, infrastructure, computer networks or personal computer devices. An attacker is a person or process that attempts to access data, functions or other restricted areas of the system without authorization. Depending on the context, cyber attacks can be part of cyberwarfare or cyberterrorism. Cybersecurity aims to reduce the risk of cyber attacks and protect against the unauthorized exploitation of systems, networks and technologies.
Unintentional cyber threats can be caused by:
- Human error (a majority of internal security issues)
- Poorly designed systems
- Faulty programming
- Neglecting to change passwords
- Unaware users
- Environmental hazards
- Natural disasters
- Computer systems failure
- Poor manufacturing or maintenance
Some intentional forms of cyber threats are:
- Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS)
- Insider and Privilege Misuse
- Physical Theft
Cyber defense refers to self-defense against cyber attack. Active and passive cybersecurity measures provide defenders with high levels of cybersecurity, intrusion detection, incident handling remediation capabilities. Due to the corona virus pandemic affecting many countries and slowing down the activities of most businesses, companies have opted to work from home. Sadly, criminals and hackers have been using corona virus themed malicious websites. There has been a significant rise of new corona virus related domain names registered since the start of 2020. These criminals are selling malware and hacking tools on the Darkweb. These tools are aimed at obtaining corporate data from employees working at home using devices which may not be as secure as the office environment.
This has become a problem and many organizations don’t know where to begin to build a solid cyber security strategy for the best defense against attack. Cyber attacks can cost organizations a lot of money and cause serious damage. Organizations that have been attacked by these crimes are in danger of not only losing sensitive data but reputational damage as well.
It is advisable that organizations should start their journey to being cyber secure today and implement appropriate technical and organizational security measures to protect against risk and personal data because one virus is enough to worry about.
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