Malware is a type of malicious software that criminals use to gain access to computer systems, applications, and data. Malware comes in many varieties but is mainly designed to steal information and extort businesses for financial gain.
Terms related to Malware: Trojan, worm, virus, ransomware, rootkit, cybersecurity, vulnerability, exploit, authentication.
Malware is used by criminals and hackers to gain access to sensitive systems and applications. Unchecked, malware can result in data breaches, exploits, extortion, and other unpleasant outcomes. Malware normally finds its way onto computer systems as the result of exploiting vulnerabilities, targeted attacks, or social engineering.
There are many different types of malware including:
It is only possible to protect against malware through a complete cybersecurity strategy, access to the right tools, and appropriate employee training. A combination of antivirus, firewalls, monitoring, vulnerability assessments, penetration testing, patching, and thorough authentication can all substantially reduce the risk of being the victim of malware.