Undeniably the advancement in IT exceeds human imagination. It has created huge opportunities for government and business entities as well as for individuals. However, the IT has not only brought up opportunities but also threats and risks. The IT security threats are exploding alarmingly alongside. Every time an opportunity arises so does the threat and risk. Therefore, whenever there is an effort to take the IT opportunity there should also be parallel effort to segregate and contain threats and risks associated. Otherwise, every opportunity would become a threat instead.

Therefore, Cyber-Security is a vital issue for all legitimate users. Organisations are striving for measures to secure their mission-critical data from sophisticated forms of threats and attacks. The Cyber Attack causes major damages both in terms of reputation and finance.

In this post I will be highlighting some common and emerging threats and risks in the Cyber environment. Deep examination on each of them will be featuring on the next post. And measures and steps to contain the prevailing and emerging threats and risks are also discussed on the subsequent posts.

The main findings of this post indicate that most data breaches are occurring due to human errors and system failures. This does not mean that  the breaches coming from aggressive criminal attacks are not major concern on Cyber environment. What I am saying is that most criminal attacks are caused directly or indirectly by human errors and system glitches. If we are able to resolve manageable issues on one side, we would be able to safeguard our valuable resources from intruders on the other.

The Canadian Department of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness published about 15 Cyber Security threats of 2017 (https://www.getcybersafe.gc.ca/cnt/rsks/cmmn-thrts-en.aspx). While the TechRepublic identifies 6 common Enterprise level CyberSecurity threats though they are not distinctly different from the first study ((https://www.techrepublic.com/article/6-common-enterprise-cybersecurity-threats-and-how-to-avoid-them)). The SCMagazine also revealed the top 8 CyberSecurity threats for 2017, again not particularly different from the others (https://www.scmagazine.com/the-top-cybersecurity-threats-for-2017/article/720097). Here, I have picked some of the common and emerging Cyber Security threats in a very compact manner based on these researches. These are Ransomware, KRACK, Malware, Phishing, and Insider Threats.

Every threat can be seen on its own or in combination with one or more of others. I will be Closely examining on these prevailing CyberSecurity threats on my next blog. So, keep in touch.

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