+91-7888497800

email
WHAT IS A CYBER THREAT?

Cyber threats, sadly, are becoming more and more of a threat in today’s smart world. But what exactly is a cyber threat?

A cyber threat is an act or possible act which intends to steal data (personal or otherwise), harm data, or cause some sort of digital harm. Today, the term is almost exclusively used to describe information security matters. Because it’s hard to visualize how digital signals traveling across a wire can represent an attack, we’ve taken to visualizing the digital phenomenon as a physical one.

A cyber-attack is an attack that is mounted against us (meaning our digital devices) by means of cyberspace. Cyberspace, a virtual space that doesn’t exist, has become the metaphor to help us understand digital weaponry that intends to harm us.

TYPES OF MODERN CYBERSECURITY THREATS

Cybersecurity threats come in three broad categories of intent. Virtually every cyber threat falls into one of these below three modes. In terms of attack techniques, malicious actors have an abundance of options.

Attackers are after:

MALWARE

Software that performs a malicious task on a target device or network, e.g. corrupting data or taking over a system.

Malware is the collective name for a number of malicious software variants, including viruses, ransomware and spyware. Shorthand for malicious software, malware typically consists of code developed by cyberattackers, designed to cause extensive damage to data and systems or to gain unauthorized access to a network.

PHISHING

An email-borne attack that involves tricking the email recipient into disclosing confidential information or downloading malware by clicking on a hyperlink in the message.

Phishing is a cybercrime in which a target or targets are contacted by email, telephone or text message by someone posing as a legitimate institution to lure individuals into providing sensitive data such as personally identifiable information, banking and credit card details, and passwords.

SPEAR PHISHING

A more sophisticated form of phishing where the attacker learns about the victim and impersonates someone he or she knows and trusts.

Spear phishing is an email or electronic communications scam targeted towards a specific individual, organization or business. Although often intended to steal data for malicious purposes, cybercriminals may also intend to install malware on a targeted user's computer.

“Man in the Middle” (MITM) Attack

Where an attacker establishes a position between the sender and recipient of electronic messages and intercepts them, perhaps changing them in transit. The sender and recipient believe they are communicating directly with one another. A MITM attack might be used in the military to confuse an enemy.

In cryptography and computer security, a man-in-the-middle attack (MITM) is an attack where the attacker secretly relays and possibly alters the communications between two parties who believe that they are directly communicating with each other.

Attacks on IoT Devices

IoT devices like industrial sensors are vulnerable to multiple types of cyber threats. These include hackers taking over the device to make it part of a DDoS attack and unauthorized access to data being collected by the device. Given their numbers, geographic distribution and frequently out-of-date operating systems, IoT devices are a prime target for malicious actors.

Printers, smart TVs and IP Phones are also common attack vectors for successful hacks. Many IoT devices have been known to have vulnerabilities that allow attackers to remotely access or control them from the internet, while some have have been found to have weak passwords that can't be changed.

RANSOMWARE

An attack that involves encrypting data on the target system and demanding a ransom in exchange for letting the user have access to the data again. These attacks range from low-level nuisances to serious incidents like the locking down of the entire city of Atlanta’s municipal government data in 2018.

Ransomware is a type of malware from cryptovirology that threatens to publish the victim's data or perpetually block access to it unless a ransom is paid. Starting from around 2012 the use of ransomware scams has grown internationally. There were 181.5 million ransomware attacks in the first six months of 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, e.g. a website, causing it to crash from an overload of demand.

Distributed DoS attack. A distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack occurs when multiple systems flood the bandwidth or resources of a targeted system, usually one or more web servers. Such an attack is often the result of multiple compromised systems (for example, a botnet) flooding the targeted system with traffic.

DATA BREACH

A data breach is a theft of data by a malicious actor. Motives for data breaches include crime (i.e. identity theft), a desire to embarrass an institution (e.g. Edward Snowden or the DNC hack) and espionage.

A data breach is the intentional or unintentional release of secure or private/confidential information to an untrusted environment. Other terms for this phenomenon include unintentional information disclosure, data leak, information leakage and also data spill.

TROJANS

Named after the Trojan Horse of ancient Greek history, the Trojan is a type of malware that enters a target system looking like one thing, e.g. a standard piece of software, but then lets out the malicious code once inside the host system.

A Trojan horse or Trojan is a type of malware that is often disguised as legitimate software. Trojans can be employed by cyber-thieves and hackers trying to gain access to users' systems. Users are typically tricked by some form of social engineering into loading and executing Trojans on their systems.

MALWARE ON MOBILE APPS

Mobile devices are vulnerable to malware attacks just like other computing hardware. Attackers may embed malware in app downloads, mobile websites or phishing emails and text messages. Once compromised, a mobile device can give the malicious actor access to personal information, location data, financial accounts and more.

OUR
SERVICES

CLOUD INTEGRATION AND MIGRATION

Cloud services have allowed businesses to increase reliability and scalability while reducing the costs associated with hardware replacements. Innovative IT services will offer customized cloud infrastructure to meet your business needs.

ROBUST NETWORK SECURITY AND DATA PROTECTION

A comprehensive cybersecurity solution is a critical part of maintaining business continuity and data security. A robust security solution includes persistent threat monitoring, facilitating compliance with regulatory requirements, and managing data recovery services.

USER EDUCATION AND TRAINING

Technology is only as good as the people using it, so comprehensive IT support focuses on educating people about the changing IT landscape. This includes keeping you up-to-date on security issues and helping you leverage technology to improve productivity.

DEDICATED HELP DESK SUPPORT

In a fast-paced environment where a single computer issue can destroy productivity, a help desk with instant support and a robust emergency response plan will help keep your business running smoothly. Call in with an issue and get help right when you need it.

24/7 PROACTIVE MONITORING

Proactive IT means working around the clock to identify and prevent issues before they become major problems. This means monitoring devices, servers, and workstations while you sleep, ensuring that your systems stay up and running when you need them.

TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY

A trustworthy IT partner prioritizes full transparency, so that clients have a clear understanding of what is being done and why. This means clear customer service metrics for performance and accountability.

UPLIFTING SERVICE AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

Doing IT right means giving back to the community and treating employees and clients like family. Great companies take care of their people, who are then inspired to deliver excellent service, collaborate with clients, and volunteer in their communities.

A PERFECT PLACE FOR SOMEONE JUST LIKE YOU.

What makes a workplace feel like home?

It’s a place that brings out your best, every day. Because it makes you want to be better every day. It’s a place where your strengths are appreciated. Where people welcome you as you are. And applaud you for where you’re going. We invite you to search and apply for jobs at MNTech – and discover opportunities to explore whatever inspires you.

APPLY NOW

LATEST
POST

facebook
twitter

OUR
ASSOCIATION



  • IACERT
  • makein-india
  • msme
  • stpi
  • startup-india
  • stpi
  • ISO-20000
  • ISO-9001
  • ISO-9001

OUR
PARTNER



  • google cloud
  • google cloud
  • google cloud
  • google cloud
  • google cloud
  • google cloud