Unfortunately, cyber-attacks are becoming more and more prevalent. And the reasons behind why cyber-attacks are common are actually quite surprising. Unless you are trained in ethical hacking, application defense, or any other sort of cybersecurity, chances are good that you may fall victim to a cyber-attack.
Criminals are seeking to exploit anything they can find. It can be money, your financial information, personal information of staff and customers, or even your business’s infrastructure. And since many people do not take any kind of precaution to prevent an attack, these criminals continue to seek out new victims.
This article tries to explain some reasons why cyber attacks are common, and why most people, who form the majority of the internet population, are unable to fight cyber attacks. Attacks that are growing every day in number and impact.
By the way, by the time you finish this sentence, a cyber attack will have already taken place somewhere around the world.
People Are Untrained
One of the major reasons that cyber-attacks are common is that people who interact with digital technologies are highly untrained in digital hygiene and cybersecurity in general.
For example, many people tend to believe that the security devices that come on our computers and other devices will prevent a serious attack.
We receive so many emails every single day in our inbox, that we tend to be unaware of just how many are actual phishing mails have malicious attachments and links inside them. Due to the general public’s lack of ability in differentiating between a genuine and a malicious message, phishing has become one of the most effective means of delivering malware.
And it’s not just about clicking on phishing emails, the lack of training is also reflected in our careless use of unfamiliar USBs in our computers and downloading things from fraudulent sources.
People Love Freebies
Another reason why cyberattacks are common is that people give out their information too easily. Hackers, or any other criminal for that matter, lure their victims with whatever bait works the best. And in many cases, that bait is freebies! Everyone loves free stuff. But we generally tend to forget that there is no such thing as a free lunch.
While it’s a good thing to believe in the goodness of people, thinking that they must be providing us something for free out of a pure, genuine heart, is a bit naive. When it comes to safety, it is better to be suspicious than to be sorry.
If you don’t know someone in real life, then how can you trust them with your data on the internet? You never know what hackers can do with just the smallest amount of harmless-looking information; information that many willingly share with them through the internet – for example, when signing up for a freebie.
People Simply Don’t Care
Yet another reason why cyber attacks are common is that people simply do not care. Even if people are trained in cybersecurity or know better than to dole out personal information to strangers all over the internet, sometimes it seems that they simply don’t care.
Ask yourself and your friends this question: how much do you care about safety on your computer? Do you pay attention when your PC tries to warn you away from visiting a particular website? Do you care when your PC reminds you to update your system because it has important security patches in it? No, most people usually don’t. They just go on ‘snoozing’ the reminders and ignoring the signs, because let’s face it, no one cares until it happens to them.
People Are Not Careful
Being aware and being trained is one thing, but being careful is another. There are so many instances where a huge cyberattack could have been avoided with just a little bit of carefulness. With a little bit of awareness, one of the major reasons why cyberattacks are common can be eliminated.
When it comes to being careful and cyber security measures, organizations are more careless than individuals. This is often because they are lenient with safety policies in their companies. They don’t realize that they are giving more access than what’s required to their employees. They are also leaving passwords on their desks, not restricting access to their ex-employees, and they are not hiring professionals to help them identify their security vulnerabilities.
Final Thoughts on Why Cyber Attacks Are Common
Let’s admit it. The cybersecurity culture in our world is not as advanced as it should be. Especially at this stage of technological advancement. Instead, cyber attacks have become the usual affair and cyber losses have become so staggering that they are raising some serious concerns all over the world.