Types of Cyber Threats

Course Description:

Viruses, Malware, Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks: These threats, along with other types of Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs), are increasingly discussed in the news as cyber crimes, which have increased in frequency. These threats evolve almost as rapidly as the defenses against them. Cyber criminals entice their victims to click on a link to a website or download a file that has been maliciously altered. This module provides an introductory overview of various cyber threats directed at new employees during onboarding or as a refresher course for those without a cyber security background. By the end of the session, you will learn about several tactics that cyber criminals use to commit their crimes and methods they use to deliver malicious software.

Course Duration: 11 minutes

Why “Types of Cyber Threats” Matters:

The more that technology in the workplace is implemented to meet business needs, the greater the organization’s exposure to cyber threats. There are known and specific threats to information technology (IT) infrastructure, including computers, networks, and Internet-connected devices. There are basic measures employees can take to protect data and hardware.

Key Points:

  • Cyber criminals conduct research to identify their target, engineer methods and enticements to lure the target, and then attack.
  • Most cyber attacks rely on social engineering and occur via e-mail or through malicious websites.
  • Types of cyber threats include: Malware, Viruses, Denial of Service (DoS), Advanced Persistent Threat (APT).