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Useful insights on cyber threats and attacks for students pursuing bachelor of cyber security

June 4, 2023

Unauthorised access to computer systems with the intent of stealing, exposing, altering, disabling, or destroying information is known as a cyberattack. Such attacks can cause significant harm to individuals, organisations, and even entire countries. It is crucial to have robust cybersecurity measures in place to prevent and mitigate the effects of cyberattacks. If you are pursuing or planning to pursue bachelor of cyber security, here are some useful insights for you:

Some of the common types of cyber security threat:

  1. Malware:

    Malware can steal personal information or financial information, or it can block access to a person’s computer. Here are some examples:

    • A malware called the "Heartbleed Bug" affected many websites in 2014 and 2015 by stealing passwords and other data from people who accessed those sites.
    • Another type of malware called "ransomware" attacks a computer and holds it hostage until you pay money to get rid of it (ransom).

    Malware can be difficult to remove, especially if users don't know what kind of program they’re dealing with (or if there are more than one). Even if they do manage to get rid of some sample files and registry keys, there could still be more lurking in places where they can't see them.

  2. Denial of Service (DoS) and Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS):

    DoS and DDoS attacks overwhelm computer networks, servers, or websites with traffic, making them inaccessible to users. These attacks can be used to disrupt operations, extort money, or carry out other malicious activities.

  3. Man-in-the-middle (MitM) attacks:

    In a MitM attack, the cyber criminal intercepts communication between two parties, gaining access to sensitive information or injecting malicious code into the communication.

  4. Phishing:

    It is a type of cybercrime where an individual or group posing as a legitimate organisation contacts the target(s) via email, telephone, or text message to deceive them into providing sensitive information such as banking and credit card details, passwords, and personally identifiable information.

    This information is then used to access critical accounts and may result in identity theft and financial loss for the victim. It is essential to be vigilant and take necessary cybersecurity precautions to prevent falling victim to phishing attacks.

  5. Zero-day exploits:

    A zero-day exploit is a vulnerability in software or hardware that is unknown to the developer or vendor, making it vulnerable to attack. Attackers can exploit these vulnerabilities to gain access to systems, steal sensitive information, or launch attacks.

  6. Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs):

    APTs are targeted attacks that are typically carried out by state-sponsored groups or highly skilled cybercriminals. They are designed to steal sensitive information, such as intellectual property or government secrets, over an extended period of time, often going undetected for months or even years.

Planning to pursue a bachelor of cyber security?

If you are searching online with phrases such as “bachelor of cyber security” or “cyber security university courses”, explore our Integrated M.Sc. Cyber Security course. Our cybersecurity curriculum covers various topics including an introduction to cybersecurity, information security management, network security, cybercrime investigation and forensics, cryptography and secure communications, ethical hacking and penetration testing, cloud security, and cybersecurity risk management. Students will learn about risk management, cryptography, security architecture, network security, investigation and forensic analysis of cybercrime, ethical hacking, vulnerability assessment, cloud security, and cybersecurity risk assessment, mitigation, and monitoring.

Our Cyber Security Labs offer advanced facilities for learning and practising various aspects of cybersecurity. The Application Security Lab provides hands-on experience with vulnerable machines and applications to learn about real-life application security attacks and security practices. The Digital Forensics Lab is equipped with specialised workstations, devices for evidence collection and preservation, and digital data investigation kits for conducting digital forensics. The Malware Analysis Lab offers a wide range of real-life malware samples to analyse and learn about malware behaviour and countermeasures. Our Network Security Lab provides a practical learning experience with vulnerable machines to understand real-life network security attacks and security practices. The Scada IOT Lab offers hands-on experience with vulnerable IOT and Scada hardware to learn about real-life attacks and security practices. The Security Operations Center Lab is equipped with both offensive and defensive technology to provide a 24x7 security operations centre, incident response, and threat analysis capabilities.

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