Recently, the term “cyber threat” has become more relevant because of the danger it poses to most industries, however, most people don’t know much about cyber threats at all. Let’s go a bit further into the background of cybersecurity and cyber attacks. 

Are you Safe From The Cyber Threats?

What is a cyber threat?

A cyber threat is an act intended to steal data or cause some sort of digital harm. The term is exclusively used to describe information security matters nowadays.

A cyber attack is set up against digital devices using cyberspace. Cyberspace is a virtual space that is becoming a metaphor to help us understand the digital weaponry that intends to harm us. The intent of the attacker, as well as the potential impact, depends upon the severity of the attack. These attacks can be quite serious, potentially threatening lives.

What is the need to protect from cyber threats?

Cyber threats are a very serious issue these days. They can cause electrical blackouts, breaches of national security secrets, theft of valuable, sensitive data like medical records. They can damage phone and computer networks or paralyze systems to steal the data. These threats are getting more serious. The definition of cybersecurity states that cybersecurity risks are present in every organization and aren’t always under IT’s direct control. Organizational leaders are making technology-related choices every day. So we can say that the data security solutions are also increasing with the increased cyber risk.

Types of cybersecurity threats

Cybersecurity threats are mainly divided into three broad categories based on the gain that can be achieved by the attackers:

  • Financial gain
  • Disruption
  • Underground activities (including the theft of patents or state espionage)

Virtually every cyber threat falls into one of these three modes. 

6 common cyber threats

Malware: Software that performs a malicious task on a target device or network comes under the category of malware. Some typical examples are corrupting data or taking over a system.

Phishing: This type of attack involves tricking the email recipient into disclosing confidential information or downloading malware by clicking on a hyperlink in the message.

Data Breaches: A data breach is a theft of data by a malicious actor. Motives for data breaches include crime, defamation, and espionage.

Trojans: Trojan is a type of malware that enters a target system looking like one of them.

Ransomware: This involves encrypting data on the target system and demanding ransom in exchange for letting users have access to the data again. A recent example of this is locking down the entire city of Atlanta’s municipal government data in 2018.

Denial of Service attack or Distributed Denial of Service Attack (DDoS): Where an attacker takes over many(perhaps thousands) of devices and uses them to invoke the functions of a target system.

Now, let’s discuss the safety measures that an organization or individual should take.

As shown in previous paragraphs, cyber threats are one of the greatest dangers to any organization or business. Organizations are taking serious actions to make themselves safe and secure. One step they are taking is hiring highly skilled cybersecurity professionals as shown by recent surveys.

So, if you want to start your career in this field, you should really consider adding a cybersecurity certification to your resume. There are various cybersecurity certs available in the market, including CISSP, CySA+, CCSP, and more. 

uCertify offers various comprehensive courses to help you prepare for these certification exams. We are a leading provider of online courses and ensure the best learning resources for IT certification prep.

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Cyber hacking and ransomware attacks can take place anytime and anywhere. These attacks steal, change or destroy information on your system, often by installing dangerous malware without your knowledge or consent. Hackers’ clever tactics and detailed technical knowledge help them access confidential information and compromise your computer security. Wouldn’t you want to understand a hacker’s mindset and protect your organization? uCertify now offers a course that does just that! Recently, we have introduced the Certified Ethical Hacker study guide which covers topics such as ethical hacking, networking, and security foundations; footprinting and reconnaissance; malware, sniffing, attack and defense; and more. This course not only helps you prepare for the CEH v10 exam but also provides you the ways to protect yourself and your organization from unauthorized intrusions. 

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The EC Council CEH V10 exam establishes standards for professional information security specialists in ethical hacking measures. The certified candidates of this exam meet the minimum standards and reinforce ethical hacking as a self-regulating and unique profession. This certification provides skills to candidates in the specific network security section of Ethical Hacking from a vendor-neutral perspective. The CEH certification is the most demanding information security credential any information security professional could ever earn. According to the EC Council, “To master the hacking technologies, you will need to become one, but an ethical one!

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Derrick Coston is an IT professional with more than 17 years of experience as an Information Security Analyst. He has also taught numerous IT and security courses, including CISSP, CISA, Security+, Network +, CCNA, and MCSE certifications at the university level. His field of expertise includes network security, computer security, firewalls, data security, and many more. Derrick holds various IT certifications including: 

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  • Microsoft MCP
  • CompTIA Security+
  • CompTIA Network+
  • Fortinet Certified Systems Engineer
  • Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer
  • Certified Information Systems Auditor
  • Cisco Wireless Account Manager Certification
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