As cyberattacks become more sophisticated, companies and individuals are looking to safeguard their systems, data and devices from malicious attacks. That’s prompted the rapid growth of the cybersecurity industry, with job openings outpacing new hires. But it’s not just the zero percent unemployment rate that’s drawing people to cybersecurity — the field is also attractive for its variety, growth potential and puzzles.
A range of tools are used to prevent and fight cyberattacks, including encryption (which encodes data into a form that is unintelligible to hackers), firewalls, anti-malware software and intrusion detection systems. Modern cybersecurity solutions can even leverage artificial intelligence to predict data breaches, alert to phishing attempts in real-time and expose social engineering scams.
Other cyberattacks include domain name system tunneling, credential-based attacks and denial of service attacks (DoS). All can be devastating for organizations if they target key assets or disrupt the ability to operate them. Some attacks are motivated by financial gain, and others by a desire to cause disruption or revenge for alleged wrongdoing.
As a result, it’s important to consider the full spectrum of threats when creating a security framework and implementing cyberattack prevention tools. And it’s also worth remembering that human error is often a big component of cyberattacks, and that most security mistakes aren’t intentional. That’s why fostering awareness among all employees is critical to your organization’s cybersecurity posture. You can start by adopting a zero trust framework, where every device and user is authenticated before being allowed to access your information or systems. MDR