The need for digital security started when ARPANET (The Advanced Research Projects Agency Network) faced the CREEPER: CATCH ME IF YOU CAN. This computer program got worse when it began replicating it and became the first computer worm affecting the files and sensitive data. It continued till Reaper came and killed that worm. So, learn from this short example that there is a need for digital security. Sometimes, we get shocked when people ask why is there a need for digital security? Everything you are doing nowadays demands digital security, your social accounts login, money transactions, online businesses, and shopping. We can say that anything or any platform where you have entered your personal identity needs security. Here are different factors that point towards the importance of digital security.

Importance of digital security

Digital security is crucial because of sensitive data such as protected health information, intellectual property, industrial and governmental data. Cybercriminals have advanced their methods and damages systems and do identity theft, frauds and initiate viruses and phishing attacks.

Many digital attacks compel you to tighten the digital security, such as DOS (denial of service), Man in the middle, Cross-site scripting attack, and SQL injection. There are also some attacks not known by terms to the common people but frequently occur by cybercriminals to get the desired sensitive data from highly essential organizations. These include Malware, Zero-day exploit, DNS tunneling, Cryptojacking, and ransomware. Hackers compromise and disrupt information systems, and this thing raises the importance of understanding the offense if you want to build a good defense. So, here we are going to highlight some modern cyberattacks to advise you to work for the security of your information systems more.

Attacks

Digital security is all about protecting your online activities with the help of tools and devised methods–securing your personal information, assets, and all the technologies used in business in the online world. All the plans you choose to secure your digital world such as the anti-virus software, firewalls, and biometric devices, are the prey of hackers and cybercriminals to get into your systems. So, other than phishing, social engineering, trojan horse, password attack, and eavesdrop attack, we are going to highlight the attacks which can affect your digital security in 2020.

It’s not like that attacks like phishing and ransomware does not exist now, it’s all that we want you to introduce you to the attacks which are not common. And criminals are taking advantage of using these attacks, so you take the time to understand them and find a solution to get rid of them. According to a recent report, cybercrime damages $6 trillion by 2021, and the latest cyberattacks confirm this.

Artificial intelligence-powered attacks

Recently we highlighted a crucial topic, and that was Artificial intelligence as the malicious and defensive weapon. So, here we are, there some latest AI-powered attacks that work on the concept of computer programs initiated itself, gaining knowledge, making predictions, and then taking the form of a malicious weapon of hackers to get and share the desired information. The algorithm process referred to as machine learning embedded in artificial intelligence incorporated in many applications.

Alarming situation

This technology was developed to share a load of humans, like chatbots and robots working for humans. But what if a computer program starts to control your chatbots and robots to use them for data leakage and taking over the whole system? Sounds scary! So it is the main reason that there is a high need for strengthening digital security.

AI-powered attacks are dangerous than a human can imagine as they can control the autonomous cars, drones and provide physical harm as well. Moreover, attacks like denial of service, identity theft, and password cracking also got strength after AI intervention as a malicious weapon.

Password attack

It is the kind of attack where hackers or cyber criminals try to decrypt a user or organization password with illegal intentions. There are numerous cracker programs, password sniffers, and dictionary attacks to crack the password and then use the digital systems for malicious purposes. Some hackers try confidence tricks and pose like they are authorized users and get important passwords. Other than using a computer algorithm that works until it guesses the password, the hackers also use social engineering. Phishing, spear-phishing, and vishing in which users enter the personal information, credit card, and password on hacker legitimate-looking websites.

Whale Phishing Attack

The whale phishing attack is like the first attack on whale and then small fishes of the sea. It targets the CEO and CFOs of any organization and uses their privileges of only access to higher and sensitive information to get the desired information. As compared to a conventional phishing attack, it is difficult to notice. The CEO thinks that their systems are secure and sometimes click on malicious links and become victims of whale phishing attacks. Unlike spear-phishing, where hackers make extra efforts to make their email look legitimate here, CEO and CFOs fall for the links as email received from their employee’s name. Moreover, they also fall for this because of not attending the security awareness training as in most of the organization, there is no trend of corporate staff attending these meetings, and as a result, what happens? An ultimate crash in digital security.

Security advice

There are many attacks other than modern cyberattacks, which makes digital security vulnerable. Trojan Horse, drive-by attack, web attacks, brute force attack, and birthday attacks pose severe threats to digital security. There is a need for revising the methods and techniques to fight against these attacks. And the most important of all is to educate the employees and everyone linked to your organizations not to fall hackers’ tricks. Online businesses must be aware of their customers not to enter their personal information at similar platforms. Never miss the security updates as Microsoft once failed because of a security patch, so stay updated and spread awareness regarding the importance of digital security to fight against security attacks. Remote working is making novel digital dangers for service organizations after COVID- 19 so, it also has raised the importance of digital security.

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