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What is an Attack Vector?

Maintain a Healthy Level of Paranoia for Cyber Security Threats

In today’s security climate, data has become the new currency. Regardless of size, every organization has important data, and that makes you a target.

Complacency cannot exist where security strategies and programs are concerned. As technology and IT environments continue to evolve at a rapid pace, security risks evolve right alongside them.

There are several cyber-attack vectors that any company should be aware of and take measures to protect against. Here are some of the most common ones:

Phishing

Phishing attacks are designed to trick individuals into giving away sensitive information such as passwords or credit card numbers. These attacks can come in the form of emails, phone calls, or text messages.

Malware

Malware refers to any software designed to harm computer systems or steal data. Malware can be delivered through email attachments, downloads, or social engineering tactics. There is even fileless malware that resides in a computer’s memory and doesn’t leave a trace on disk, making it difficult to detect and remove.

Ransomware

Ransomware is a type of malware that encrypts a victim’s files and demands payment in exchange for the decryption key.

Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks

DDoS attacks involve overwhelming a website or network with traffic in order to make it unavailable to users.

Social Engineering

Social engineering attacks are designed to trick individuals into divulging sensitive information or performing actions that compromise security. This can include tactics such as impersonation, pretexting, or baiting.

Insider Threats

Insider threats can come from employees or other individuals with access to sensitive information. These threats can include intentional or accidental data breaches, theft, or sabotage.

Zero-day exploits

A zero-day exploit is a software vulnerability that is exploited by attackers before a patch or update is available. These types of attacks can be particularly difficult to defend against.

SQL Injection attacks

A type of injection attack where an attacker uses malicious SQL code to gain access to a database or modify data.

Man-in-the-middle (MITM) attacks

A type of attack where an attacker intercepts communication between two parties to eavesdrop or modify information.

Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs)

Targeted attacks that use multiple attack vectors over an extended period to gain unauthorized access to a system.

Insider threats

Threats posed by employees or contractors who have access to sensitive information or systems.

Password attacks

Attempts to gain unauthorized access by guessing or cracking passwords.

Internet of Things (IoT) attacks

Attacks that exploit vulnerabilities in connected devices such as smart TVs, thermostats, and security cameras.

Zero-day exploits

Attacks that target unknown vulnerabilities in software or hardware.

Cryptojacking

The unauthorized use of a computer’s processing power to mine cryptocurrency.

Supply chain attacks

Attacks that target third-party vendors or suppliers to gain access to a target organization’s network or data.

How to Protect Yourself from Attack Vectors

It’s important for your company to have strong cybersecurity measures in place to protect against these attack vectors.

This can include training employees to recognize and respond to threats, implementing firewalls and antivirus software, and regularly updating software and systems to address known vulnerabilities.

You need information security services to prevent and protect confidential data proactively, as well as to detect internal and external threats.

Security measures must be taken to guard against unauthorized access to, alteration, disclosure, or destruction of data and information systems. This also includes accidental loss or destruction.

Effective cybersecurity is a team effort involving the participation and support of every user who interacts with data and systems. Therefore, it is your responsibility to know these policies and to conduct their activities accordingly.

Core Principles (CIA Triad)

Current technology trends need to be transparently delivered to our clients without compromising confidentiality, integrity, or availability.

Confidentiality

Confidentiality addresses preserving restrictions on information access and disclosure so that access is limited to only authorized users and services.

Integrity

Integrity addresses the concern that sensitive data has not been modified or deleted in an unauthorized and undetected manner.

Availability

Availability addresses ensuring timely and reliable access to and use of information.

Make NTS Your Cyber Security Partner

NTS is committed to protecting its employees, partners, and clients from damaging acts that are intentional or unintentional.

Protect your business by choosing NTS as your cybersecurity partner and trusted advisor. Our security services can help ensure your business remains operational – even in the event of a cyber attack.

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