A cyber or cybersecurity threat is a malicious act that seeks to damage data, steal data, or disrupt digital life in general. Cyber threats include computer viruses, data breaches, Denial of Service (DoS) attacks, and other attack vectors. Cyber threats also refer to the possibility of a successful cyber attack that aims to gain unauthorized access, damage, disrupt, or steal an information technology asset, computer network, intellectual property or any other form of sensitive data. Cyber threats can come from within an organization by trusted users or from remote locations by unknown parties. Cyber threats come from numerous threat actors including
Hostile Nation-States, Terrorist Groups, Corporate Spies and Organized Crime Organizations, and Hackers among others.
Common cyber threats include:
Malware - Malware is software that does malicious tasks on a device or network such as corrupting data or taking control of a system.
Spyware - Spyware is a form of malware that hides on a device providing real-time information sharing to its host, enabling them to steal data like bank details and passwords.
Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) Attacks -
Distributed denial of service attacks aim to disrupt a computer network by flooding the network with superfluous requests to overload the system and prevent legitimate requests being fulfilled.