The many cyber-attacks making daily news headlines are generated by a variety of different types of threat actors, each with their own set of motivations. A recent article on Slate breaks down the need for cyber self-defense, emphasizing that the first step in protecting your data is to identify exactly what types of information you should be protecting, and who might want to steal it. The article distinguishes several categories of “attackers” and outlines their motives, as well as tricks and tools to guard against them:
- Criminal hackers
- Marketers and legitimate businesses
- Other people
For general tips of cyber self-defense, check out The Three “Ps” of Cyber Protection from WatchGuard CTO, Corey Nachreiner. These simple best practices can go a long way to prevent online attacks or breaches.