In the previous post, we looked at the world of cybercrime and some alarming statistics affecting businesses worldwide.
Cybersecurity is described as “the protection of computer systems 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.”
A Cybercriminal is the reason these protective measures are necessary. Their attacks are becoming more complex and sophisticated every day, and their motives and methods are becoming more diverse.
Here are some of the common sources of cyber attacks:
1) Nation States
Yes, entire nations can be behind an attack to disrupt communications or access data. These attack sources can be hard to pinpoint because the blame can be shifted away from the state and pointed to other sources.
The amount of cyber attacks by nation states has doubled from 2017-2020. Experts believe that the world is moving closer every day to “advanced cyber warfare.”
2) Criminal Groups
Cybercrimes can be orchestrated by entire groups seeking to infiltrate business systems or networks.
These groups will use a variety of types of threats to accomplish their goals. “Cyber gangs,” as they are sometimes called, are motivated mainly by financial gain and can often be galvanized around a specific industry or entity.
Cybercriminals can be anyone, anywhere, for any reason. This is why cyber techniques continue to grow and encompass nearly every platform and device we use.
Any person with the knowledge of a system or network’s vulnerabilities can exploit them.
There are even hacker forums where a community of attackers applaud one another and gloat over their efforts and revel in the thrill of more challenging opportunities.
4) Terrorist Groups
When the internet is used to incite fear, threaten or cause disruption or even loss of life, this is referred to as cyberterrorism.
FBI Director Christopher A. Wray compared certain ransomware threats to the challenge of global terrorism in the days of 9/11.
Some hackers are driven by political causes and not financial gain. They typically target organizations that don’t align with their causes or who are involved in movements that oppose their agenda.
Not all attacks come from the outside. Threats can originate within the business by one or more of its employees, vendors, contractors, or any associate who has been given access. These attacks can be due to termination, policy change or coworker conflict. Some businesses may seek to implant their spies within an organization to perform corporate espionage, steal trade secrets and gain access to their competitor’s infrastructure.
In the next post, we’ll examine the types of cyber threats and what you can do to prevent them.