Cybersecurity: Types of attacks and how businesses can stay secure

November 26, 2018 · 2 min read · By ASU Online
As cyber threats continue to multiply, data security experts must be increasingly vigilant to protect company and consumer data from exposure.

Cybersecurity professionals must be able to adapt to changing risks, evaluating and addressing vulnerabilities only to begin again as new dangers emerge. Companies need experts who will secure customer and company data by identifying, preventing and recovering from attacks common in today’s threat landscape.

Ransomware locks access to critical data

Enterprise organizations and even cities can experience operational shutdown when hackers employ ransomware. Internal and external security professionals run simulations of ransomware attacks to identify vulnerabilities, establish protocols for breach response and manage teams that provide on- and off-site support during a cyber event.


Phishing targets users to surpass security measures

Cybercriminals convince private individuals or employees to reveal login credentials or open corrupted files. They can then gain access to larger banks of data, download confidential information and sell it to third parties.


Malicious code infiltrates servers

Hackers utilize Structured Language Query injection to penetrate server networks and retrieve consumer names, credit card numbers and other financial information, costing enterprises hundreds of millions of dollars and reputational damage.


Data overloads shut down site access

Attackers flood servers with repeated requests, overloading them with data packets. Hackers often use these cyber events to mask other breaches or test their target’s response capabilities. These actions can reduce revenues due to site downtime and damage consumer trust by making sites appear unstable.


Are you interested in fighting today’s cyber threats?

If you want to be part of the solution to the ever-expanding threat of cybercrime, the ASU Online Master of Science in information technology can help you grow your technical qualifications to address today’s cyberattacks and protect company and customer data.


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