Cybersecurity, also known as computer security or IT security, deals with protecting computer systems from theft of information; damage of hardware, software, or data; the disruption of services through denial-of-service attacks or the misdirection of services through botnets. The field of cybersecurity is rapidly growing in importance as the world increasingly relies on the Internet and wireless networks, computer systems, smart devices, and the many devices that make up the Internet of Things.
There are numerous vulnerabilities, possibilities for exposure, and attacks that companies should be aware of, including backdoors that allow bypassing of security, denial of service attacks, direct-access attacks, eavesdropping, phishing, privilege escalation, social engineering, tampering, spoofing through use of emails, IP addresses, Media Access Control addresses, and biometric samples, and the new type of multivector, polyrhythmic cyber threats, classified as fifth-generation cyber-attacks.
All types of computer systems are at risk, including financial regulators and institutions, telecommunications, the power grid, nuclear power plants, energy companies, utilities, industrial equipment, the aviation industry, consumer devices such as personal computers and mobile devices, large corporations, increasingly computerized automobiles, government and military systems, medical devices and hospital systems, the energy sector, and the Internet of Things.
This whitepaper explains how attack surfaces for cybercriminals are expanding as applications, data, and devices continue to move outside of the traditional security perimeters that most enterprises have in place. Business professionals need to be informed about the latest trends in cybercrime and this paper provides with a visual, by-the-numbers look at data breaches, phishing, malicious programs, and other cyber-attacks as well as how vulnerable companies are to the new generation of threats as businesses processes continue to grow. It also explains the cost of these attacks and potential solutions for businesses.