In today’s day in age, almost everything is connected to the internet or to other devices. This is known as the Internet of Things or IoT. Cybersecurity threats exist for many things. A threat is any action that goes after a computer or information system. There are many different kinds of cybersecurity threats or methods to affect a victim. It is important for all users of healthcare IT systems to understand the risks of cybersecurity threats and how you can prevent falling victim to cybercriminals. Today we’ll examine a few more closely.
Denial of Service
A denial of service attack essential overwhelms a computer or system’s ability to respond to service requests. The main goal of this type of threat or attack is to not increase access or gain computer resources or data, but to remove the ability for the system to operate as normal with the incoming requests.
Phishing and Spearphishing
Perhaps one of the most common cybersecurity attacks that threaten any computer network or system is the threat of phishing. Phishing is the sending of emails that seem to be from trusted sources such as your company’s HR department or a family member. In actuality, these emails are from cybercriminals. These emails could contain malicious links or attachments. A link could send you to a false website or trick you into downloading a different piece of malware.
Spearphishing is a specific form of phishing. Usually, it involves crafting messages that are personal and relevant to the victim. This gives increased chances for the victim to fall into the trap. If an healthcare IT systems administrator were to fall victim to any form of phishing, their mistake could give access to cybercriminals and spell doom for the computer, network, and customers.
Almost everything nowadays is password protected; we all are familiar with the password requirements whenever we make accounts for services. Cybercriminals can guess different passwords endlessly hoping one will work. Sometimes, cybercriminals will keep in mind information about the victim to aid in their guesses.
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