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Be aware of Cybersecurity Threats to protect your organisation

Cybersecurity threats constantly evolve, and it is important to be aware of the latest risks to protect yourself and your organisation. Here are some of the most common cybersecurity threats to be aware of:

•            Malware: Malware is software that is designed to harm or disrupt a computer system. It can include viruses, worms, Trojan horses, ransomware, and spyware.

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Malware virus

•            Phishing: Phishing is an attempt to trick someone into revealing personal information, such as their username, password, or credit card number. This is often done through emails or websites that appear to be from a legitimate source.

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Phishing scam email

•            Social engineering: Social engineering is the art of manipulating people into performing actions that they would not normally perform. This can be used to gain access to confidential information or systems.

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Social engineering attack diagram

•            Denial-of-service (DoS) attacks: DoS attacks are attempts to make a computer system or network unavailable to users. This can be done by flooding the system with traffic or by exploiting vulnerabilities in the system.

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Denial of service attack diagram

•            Man-in-the-middle (MitM) attacks: MitM attacks are attempts to intercept communications between two parties. This can be used to eavesdrop on conversations or to steal data.

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How to protect yourself from cybersecurity threats

There are a number of things you can do to protect yourself from cybersecurity threats:

•            Be aware of the latest threats: Keep up-to-date on the latest cybersecurity threats by reading news articles, visiting security websites, and following security experts on social media.

•            Use strong passwords: Create strong passwords that are difficult to guess. Use a combination of upper and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols.

•            Be careful about what you click on: Do not click on links in emails or on websites from unknown sources.

•            Install security software: Install and keep up-to-date security software, such as antivirus and anti-malware software.

•            Back up your data: Regularly back up your data to an external hard drive or cloud storage service. This will allow you to recover your data if it is lost or corrupted.

•            Be careful about what you share online: Do not share personal information, such as your address, phone number, or Social Security number, online.

•            Be aware of your surroundings: When you are using a public computer, be aware of your surroundings and make sure that no one is looking over your shoulder.

•            Report suspicious activity: If you see anything suspicious, report it to the appropriate authorities.

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