Top 10 Cybersecurity Buzzwords And What They Really Mean

With the emergence of the internet, it became possible to retrieve information quickly with minimum human effort. As far as we know, it is the only medium that can advertise business in a very short time across the globe. The exponential growth of the internet also affected the global economy positively as it has faced a significant rise in web-related activities in the last three decades. The growth in the usage of the internet and networking has empowered individuals and posed new challenges to governments and cyberspace administration as well. Cyber security is now being considered a major concern across the world as it is being threatened by criminals, hackers, and terrorists to succeed in identity theft and financial fraud. Terrorists are using the internet as a weapon to carry out their activities and stealing information from different countries. The emergence of mobile phones also added more complexities to the cyber world. Moreover, complicated and malicious software damage more often computer systems and block the network as well. All these established cybersecurity as a global issue for the development of the economy and national security.

Let us now look at some of the important keywords that every budding cyber security professional used be aware of.

Clickjacking: It is a malicious technique of tricking a user into clicking on something different from what the user perceives, thus potentially revealing confidential information or allowing others to take control of their computer while clicking on seemingly innocuous objects, including web pages.

Cryptojacking: Cryptojacking malware is malware that infects computers to use them to mine cryptocurrencies usually without users' knowledge. It can lead to slowdowns and crashes due to straining of computational resources.

Cyber Espionage: This is the act of stealing secrets from one company or individual via the Internet with the intent of using them for personal, or more often, political or military, gain.

Deepfakes: Deepfakes are synthetic media in which a person in an existing image or video is replaced with someone else’s likeness.

Hacktivism: Attackers who hack for a cause or belief rather than some form of personal gain. Hacktivism is often viewed by attackers as a form of protest or fighting for their perceived “right” or “justice.” However, it is still an illegal activity in most cases when the victim’s technology or data is abused, harmed, or destroyed.

Honeypot: A decoy computer security mechanism or network that serves to attract potential attackers.

Keylogger/Keystroke logging: Keystroke logging, often referred to as keylogging or keyboard capturing, is the action of recording the keys struck on a keyboard, typically covertly, so that a person using the keyboard is unaware that their actions are being monitored. Data can then be retrieved by the person operating the logging program.

RansomCloud: Since organizations run on email, archives, spreadsheets, and introductions, losing access to them would be devastating to your primary concern. Lamentably, the most recent advancement of ransomware takes steps to do only that. RansomCloud is a variation of ransomware.

Social Engineering: In the context of information security, Social Engineering is the psychological manipulation of people into performing actions or divulging confidential information. This differs from social engineering within the social sciences, which does not concern the divulging of confidential information.

Whitelisting: A whitelist is a mechanism that explicitly allows some identified entities to access a particular privilege, service, mobility, or recognition i.e. it is a list of things allowed when everything is denied by default.

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