Information Security Threats

The Cyber Dilemma of Information Security Threats

Are you guiding your company enough for information security threats? You will never know how much is enough until you know their scale of attacks today.

This post will guide you into the most common and destructive information security threats.

The Cyber Dilemma: Information Security Threats

Everyone on the web faces a similar challenge.

What is it?

That is the menacing cyber attacks and data security threats.

Well, what are these? What is an information security threat?

An information security threat can be broad in examples. But the main goal of these threats is to corrupt, and steal data. Or worse, an infosec threat can even disrupt business operations to a destructive degree.

When an incident occurs, like a data or network breach, then that is called a security incident.

Information security threats can affect an entity in a great deal. It can cause the company either financial losses, reputational damage, or an operational loss. In some cases, these threats can cause all of these impacts to happen at once.

Information Security Threats

Now to help you make the best of resilience, it is good to be well-informed. So here is a list of the most common infosec threats. This knowledge should help equip yourself enough for protection.

Software Attacks

A software attack can be any of the following:

  • Viruses
  • Worms
  • Trojan horse

Although some do claim that these three are all but the same. But, no. Each of them is unique in some way. Perhaps to some degree, they are similar. They aim to destruct software and network to disrupt, for instance.


On the other hand, malware is a combination of both malicious and software. 

In a sense, malware is malicious software that is developed to perform malicious intentions on an operational system.

For example, malware has two categories. Namely, infection methods and malware actions.

See their differences below.

Infection Methods

  • Virus– is like a physical virus, computer viruses can replicate themselves. They do this by attaching themselves to computer files. Videos and audio files, for instance. Through this, they can travel themselves throughout the web.
  • Worms– act like a virus. They can also replicate themselves. But, unlike viruses, worms do not hook into programs on the host computer. Thus, they are network-aware. Worms can slow down a computer by consuming too much hard disk space, for instance.
  • Trojan– on the other hand, acts unlikely with viruses and worms. Because trojans can act smoothly. They do this by concealing themselves into seemingly legit software. Once installed, Trojans will then do their job of infestation.

Malware Actions

  • Adware- is an example of malware on the ‘basis of action’. Adware can breach the user’s privacy. They display themselves along with ads. This way, they can monitor your system’s activities. Thus, can easily target you with more attacks.
  • Spyware– Spyware is like adware that breaches privacy. However, spyware acts like a ‘spy’ in that it discloses your data to some interested party. The interested party can therefore gain access to your username, passwords, and credit card details.
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