Where do cyberattacks start?

Published September 07, 2023

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Have you ever wondered, "Where do cyberattacks start?" Well let me tell you, cyberattacks can happen on any device at any given time. Now you are probably wondering which devices should I protect and how. So, to understand this, it will help to understand where these attacks come from.

In the past, most attacks came from outside sources, or, in other words, via the internet. IT Companies and cybersecurity specialists combatted these attacks by putting up firewalls, IDS, and IPS systems to thwart incoming attacks. Utilizing anti-virus software was also an important part of combating incoming threats, however, these methods are outdated. Nowadays, attacks take place just about anywhere.

Bad actors use malware now that is encrypted making them essentially invisible to firewalls and IDS systems. Historically, edge devices acted as the first line of defense, protecting the network from outside threats, unfortunately this is no longer the case. Hackers are no longer concerned with the devices they need to penetrate before they could make a serious breach.

Much like advancements in military tactics and weapons, the methods of cyber threats have also improved. Cyberattackers have developed multiple ways to bypass edge protection and gain direct access from inside the network. These methods include email phishing, accidentally entering an incorrect site, and even allowing your kids to play games on unsecured websites.

While networks are still organized from edge devices to wireless access points, and then to servers and personal devices, these advanced malware attacks ignore the line of defense that once proved competent. Companies do not realize that attacks can take place from within their own network. In fact, many companies still rely on firewalls and anti-virus software. This is not enough. Rather than simple edge protection, companies need cybersecurity solutions that give them full coverage.

With solutions from a reliable cybersecurity company, when an attack is made — no matter where it is coming from — the company is notified immediately, and the attack can be isolated before it begins to spread. This combination gives companies a centralized security system with all the assistance they need.

If your clients are simply using edge protection and anti-virus software, or if you are having any problems with your cybersecurity products, contact us to learn more about how we can help you.

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