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  • Writer's pictureAmanda Bird

What Are the Common Cyber Threats & How to Prevent Them - Part 1

If you are looking for ways to ensure your organisation is protected against cyber threats, then you'll need to understand what the potential threats actually are. This two-part article will discuss the most common cyber attacks and how you can avoid them or prevent them from causing damage.

1. Phishing

Phishing is one of the most popular methods of gaining access to a user or organisation’s private information. It is also one of the easiest methods to prevent.

Essentially, phishing is where email messages are sent out and appear from a legitimate source. The email may ask users to log in to a fake website or provide sensitive information. This information may include passwords, credit card details, and other private information.

This is a very common method of gaining access to information. Typically, phishing emails are sent out in large numbers, and include details copied from legitimate sources. The messages may appear to be from well-known organisations, or from people that you may trust.

The best way to prevent phishing is always to be wary of emails that ask for sensitive information. Phishing emails are not very sophisticated, as they copy details from legitimate sources.

2. SQL Injection

SQL Injection is another type of attack that is becoming more common and one of the most difficult to prevent. It can often result in a significant data breach or serious damage to the organisation.

SQL Injection is where an attacker injects SQL commands into a web application to steal or manipulate data. It is often a part of a more significant attack, and can be used as a stepping-stone to other parts of the network. The attacker will often have a long-term plan, and may use SQL Injection to gain entry to parts of the network that are not usually accessible.

A range of measures can be taken to prevent SQL Injection from occurring. This includes only allowing certain characters to be used in SQL queries and ensuring that SQL queries are properly validated.

3. Cross-Site Scripting

Cross-Site Scripting is another common way that data can be stolen or manipulated. It is becoming more common and can be used to cause serious damage to a company.

Cross-Site Scripting is when a website contains malicious scripts or code. This code can be used to gain access to user data and can be used to steal information. It can also be used to manipulate the data or even to take control of the website.

The key to preventing Cross-Site Scripting is to ensure that only trusted code is allowed to execute. This can be done by validating the code and ensuring it has been entered correctly.

Another method of preventing Cross-Site Scripting is to use a page template that can detect and remove scripts. There are some rules and conditions that are used to do this, and it can also be used to remove most types of malicious code.

Protect Your Business

Cyber attacks are on the rise, and gaining access to a company’s data is quite easy for a determined attacker. However, you can ensure your company is safe from these attacks with some knowledge and planning. It is important to have a good understanding of the threat, and the methods used to carry them out. Head on to the second part of this post to know more about the common threats and how to prevent them.

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