Malware and cyberattacks
Like any machine, computers only work properly if they're used as intended. This is also true of computer networks, such as the Internet. When computer networks are not used as intended, the network's security is diminished and computer systems are compromised. It is important to know that deliberately damaging or compromising computer systems is a crime. Just as you would protect your physical business from burglars, you need to protect your online presence as well, from cybercriminals. Cybercriminals are criminals who use computer systems to commit crimes or whose crimes target computer systems. Cybercriminals can often be scammers, but there are also a number of ways cybercriminals can pose a threat to businesses:
- Cyberattacks: A cyberattack is generally any attempt to disrupt or gain unauthorized access to a device or network. This can also be a threat to privacy and property.
- Hacking: A hack is a form of cyberattack. Generally the term is used to describe an attempt to gain access to or control a system. Not all cyberattacks are hacks.
- Malware: This is software designed, and distributed over networks, to serve a malicious purpose. There are many kinds of malware, but all malware can potentially damage your property or violate your privacy.
Cybercrimes are serious offenses. Businesses should familiarize themselves with the types of potential threats and take steps to protect themselves. If either you or your business are the victim of a cybercrime, you should notify the police.