Cybersecurity and the emerging security threats

Cybersecurity is associated with the ever-increasing complexities, threats and even costs that are emerging and increasing at unprecedented levels every day. Devices are getting connected and this has led to many dangers in the cyber world. Interconnectivity has made it easier for hackers and criminals to compromise data both at scale and regardless of where it was found. Security risk management continues to be a headache for many diverse groups of cyber users, both businesses and individuals. The need to proactively protect web applications, web processes and most importantly data must be approached with a lot of seriousness and compliance to eliminate all types of threats from both the outside and the inside. Not only is cyber attack the most feared threat, but infrastructure sabotage is also feared as the number of incidents is increasing day by day.

The ever-changing cybersecurity landscape keeps people, organizations and businesses on their toes when it comes to identifying risks and vulnerabilities in their assets and systems. As mentioned, threats have increased as communication networks expand and are capable of collecting massive amounts of data. Another form of threat is the rise of digital and cyber weapons designed and deployed to target specific control systems, or data stored within them, with intent to bring down any of those systems. It should be remembered that infrastructure threats arise from the proliferation of access points within the network. Other threats included data theft, particularly from governments, intellectual property theft, financial information theft, and cyberattacks on mobile devices.

The cybersecurity landscape this year has seen the issues and challenges presented by mobile devices and applications. Mobile device usage has continued to grow, and this growth has been accompanied by an increase in cyberattacks targeting these devices. The growth of the mobile app niche has also led to an increase in the hidden threats associated with many apps that are now available either for free or for a small fee. Location-based apps are at risk of being a threat when the applications are packaged with malicious code and malware, so that they are then sold or used to unsuspecting users. Other applications are designed to download malware and such programs as keyloggers and others that record phone calls and text messages.

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Social engineering threat is also on the rise with intention for people to click on malicious links using rogue antivirus programs and many other rogue and fake software like fake backup software that mimics the cloud computing services.

Hactivism is also on the rise as various individuals or groups of individuals express their displeasure and non-compliance with political decisions and opinions and other social factors by staging cyber protests. Their greatest tools are denial-of-service attacks aimed at crashing websites and systems. The DoS attacks will limit or completely disrupt access to data on various websites and across a network. The other type of attack released sensitive information such as stolen or hacked email information and credit card information.

Advanced Persistent Threat is another form of attack that takes the form of long-term hacking, often targeting intellectual property through subversive and stealthy means. Spying is one form and the other is conquering networks by working in vulnerable places. A network, once conquered, serves to store data and information and is a relay point for other people. The spear phishing attacks are aimed at businesses and the highest levels of organizations with the aim of obtaining confidential data or gaining access to networks and companies.

With so many threats in the cyber world, both individuals and organizations need to employ sound security practices. The practices and measures taken are those that protect against attacks and cyber challenges and offset the effects of an attack.