Cybersecurity threats come in two forms: external and internal.
📌 External threats
External threats target your network. Attackers will try to overwhelm you with traffic so you cannot access the systems you need to run your business. There are two main types of network attacks:
📍 Denial of service (DoS)
An attack where a computer sends many requests to a network service to overwhelm the target service.
📍 Distributed denial of service (DDoS)
Similar to a DoS attack, only it uses multiple computers in several locations in a coordinated attack.
📌 Internal threats
Internal threats target people. Attackers use social engineering tactics to trick users into providing access credentials or revealing sensitive information.
📍 Phishing and spear phishing
Scammers send emails to your employees from what appears to be a colleague, friend, or reputable person or company containing a link or attachment. If the employee clicks the link or opens the attachment, the attackers can gain access to your systems.
Like phishing but using phone calls instead of email.
When the attacker offers a fake prize for responding to a phishing or vishing attack.
📍 Browser attacks
These attacks may appear as pop-up ads or suggestions to install a browser extension.