Network Threats: Types, Examples and How to Protect Your Network

Malware is a malicious program that targets information systems. Network security threats are specific attack methods that exploit these vulnerabilities. There are several ways to launch this type of attack, and all of them should be part of network security policies. This threat can manifest itself in different ways once inside a system, such as ransomware, viruses, worms, trojans, and spyware.

Threat actors use malware to steal sensitive data, block access to files, interrupt system operations, or disable systems. They involve direct interaction with the network and its resources, and their effect is often easy to detect due to perceptible unapproved changes and data loss. To protect your network from these threats, it is important to understand the main types of network threats and the advanced security models and technologies that can help you defend your network.

Position security devices correctly

Place a firewall at every junction of network zones, not just at the network edge.

This can be done through subnets within the same network or by creating virtual local area networks (VLANs), each of which behaves as a completely separate network. With comprehensive network security strategies, continuous monitoring, and continuous adaptation, companies can protect their networks and sensitive data, maintain the trust of stakeholders, and maintain their reputation. In a network attack, attackers focus on penetrating the perimeter of the corporate network and accessing internal systems. Active network attacks are deliberate attempts to gain unauthorized access to a network in order to manipulate, encrypt, damage, or delete data.

Social engineering attacks are a type of network threat that is based on the manipulation of human emotions, such as curiosity, fear, or trust, to deceive people into taking measures that violate network security. Man-in-the-middle (MITM) attacks occur when attackers hijack connections between network devices or between a network and external devices. To protect against these threats, organizations must use intelligent technologies such as Cynet to detect network security threats by correlating endpoint data and analyzing the network and behavioral analysis with virtually zero false positive results.

Protecting a Network

presents numerous challenges that organizations must face to ensure comprehensive cybersecurity.

These include the inherent complexity of network structures and the changing nature of the cyber threat landscape, the rise of remote work and the ever-present risk of simple human error. With comprehensive network security strategies, continuous monitoring, and continuous adaptation, companies can protect their networks and sensitive data from these threats. Additionally, organizations must protect themselves from threats transmitted by email that allow network threats to succeed. By positioning security devices correctly and using next-generation antivirus solutions with intelligent technologies such as Cynet's endpoint protection platform, organizations can contain network security threats and maintain their reputation.

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