What is a Cyber Attack?

A cyber attack is any unauthorized access to an IT network or digital devices for malicious purposes such as data theft, malware injection, or the initiation of additional attacks.

Cyber attacks have been a threat since the dawn of the digital era. The first cyber attack occurred in 1989 by Joseph Popp. This was a ransomware attack that was spread with infected floppy disks and deployed through a malware called the AIDS trojan.

Since then, many cyberattack methods have been developed and continue to be developed as the attack surface expands. 

Common Types of Cyber Attacks

Key takeaways

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    Enabling multi-factor authentication is a quick and easy method of preventing many cyber attacks.
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    Modern cyberattack methods involve breaching third-party vendors to gain access to the private data of all of their clients.
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    Third-party software should be regularly updated to address any vulnerabilities that could facilitate data breaches.
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