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Identifying and Understanding Cyberattacks

Cybersecurity, also known as computer security or IT security, is the field of protecting computer systems from a 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 other devices that make up the Internet of Things.

There are many different vulnerabilities, exposures, 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 cyberattacks.

All types of computer systems are at risk, and the number is only getting bigger, 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.

IT executives who are looking to protect their companies and organizations with a greater understanding of cyberattacks, and specifically the Cyber Kill Chain, or CKC, the framework for the identification and prevention of malicious cyber intrusions, should download and read this white paper.

This whitepaper is the first in a series aimed at helping you understand cyberattacks. This one explains the Cyber Kill Chain, a framework developed by Lockheed Martin that exposes the stages of a cyberattack and is aimed at detection and prevention. It talks about how an Adaptive Defense system can identify and stop the most advanced cyberattacks.