What is a cyber attack?

Cyber Attack

What is a cyber attack?

A cyber attack is designed to unleash immense disruption and damage to even the most resilient of businesses.

A cyber attack is a malicious and deliberate attempt by a person or organisation to illegally access information owned by another person or organisation.  The cyber criminal will target information from a system computer system, a computer network, infrastructures, a personal computer device or a smartphone.  As a result, they aim to target vulnerable people and businesses with the intention to:

  • Steal data
  • Destroy information or data
  • Change data
  • Disable computers
  • Achieve financial gain
  • Espionage

Simply speaking, it is difficult to determine why cyber-attacks happen. Whilst some cyber-criminal’s intent is money extortion, others may have a political agenda.  Alternatively their motive may be to cause problems for no justified reason.

Common types of cyber attack

  • Malware attack
  • Password attack
  • Phishing attack
  • Spoofing attack
  • Denial of service attack
  • Drive-by attack


Where do Cyber Attacks Start?

As mentioned above, cyber attacks can happen on any device at any given time.

In the past, all attacks came from outside sources, or, in other words, the internet. Cyber security companies combated these attacks by setting up firewalls, IDS, and IPS systems to block any incoming attacks. Anti-virus software also became a reliable program to trust, however, these methods are outdated. Now, attacks can take place just about anywhere.

The malware that hackers now use is encrypted to the point that they are essentially invisible to firewalls and IDS systems. Historically, these edge devices acted as the first line of defense.  They would protect the network from outside threats, but this is no longer the case. The line of devices that attackers needed to penetrate before they could make a serious breach is no longer a concern to hackers.

Just as military tactics and weapons continue to advance, so do the methods of cyber threats. With these advancements, cyber attackers have come up with multiple ways to bypass edge protection and gain direct access from inside the network. This is made possible through email phishing, accidentally entering an incorrect site, allowing your kids to play games on unsecured websites, and more.

While networks are still organised from edge devices to wireless access points, and then to servers and personal devices, these advanced malware attacks ignore the line of defense that once proved competent. Companies do not realise that attacks can take place from within their own network. In fact, many companies still rely on firewalls and anti-virus software. This is not enough. Rather than simple edge protection, companies need cybersecurity solutions that give them full coverage.

How to Prevent A Cyber Attack?

Whilst we know that cyber attacks are a significant risk for any business organisation, there are ways to mitigate the risk of a cyber attack occurring.  Overall, taking a holistic approach is always best practice.  Techstream Solutions offers an expert team of cyber security professionals.  We will identify vulnerabilities and provide robust cyber security solutions.  As such when an attack is made — no matter where it is coming from — you’ll be notified immediately, and the attack can be isolated before it begins to spread. This combination gives companies a centralised security system with all the assistance they need.

If your business is simply using edge protection and anti-virus software, or if you are having any problems with your cyber security products, contact Techstream Solutions today.  Our expert Cyber Security team are available to help you mitigate the risk of a cyber attack with our robust cyber security solutions.  

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