Why a Defense in Layers Approach is Key to Your Cyber Security Strategy

Malware, ransomware, insider threats … because the list of potential Cyber Security threats continues to grow, most experts agree, it’s not a matter of if your company will suffer from a cyber attack, it’s a matter of when. Insurance companies are taking note: they’re toughening their underwriting standards and charging more for cyber liability insurance. In an age when no two threats are exactly alike, it is important to understand that different cyber security threats call for different security measures.

Do you know what you’re looking for?

What Attacks You Should Be Checking For


This broad category encompasses spyware, viruses, trojans and worms. The common attribute is that all malware is developed solely to cause harm to computers, servers, or networks.


One of the most common types of malware that gets a lot of media attention, ransomware denies the victim access to their data until they pay a ransom to release it.


In a phishing attack, the criminal sends fraudulent emails containing malicious files or scripts to unsuspecting users. This type of attack exploits an organization’s point of vulnerability: its employees.

Man-in-the-Middle Attacks

These attackers exploit network security vulnerabilities by inserting themselves between someone’s device and the network, thereby redirecting information to themselves rather than the legitimate destination.

Denial-of-Service Attacks

By flooding a system, server or network with traffic and requests, denial-of-service attacks can incapacitate a system or even take it completely offline, preventing it from fulfilling legitimate requests.

Social Engineering Attacks

In these attacks, the attacker uses social interaction and/or psychological manipulation to gain the trust of a human being, who then hands over login information or otherwise lets the attackers into the system.

Defense in Layers Requires Proactive Focus

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