Many of the commonly-used terms in our business may require a little more explanation for a layperson. While experts will know exactly what is meant by a pentest or a DDoS attack, our clients often ask us to explain the basic terminology used. On this page, we therefore provide some more background on frequently terms used in our field. Suggestions are welcome!
Internet of Things
The Internet of Things (IoT) consists of connected devices that communicate and gather and share data over the internet. Why is it that there are so many IoT-products on the market whose security is not in order? In industry and healthcare, IoT applications are commonly used to monitor and maintain equipment, among other things.
What exactly is ransomware?
Ransomware is a type of malicious software that allows a hacker to lock your computer or encrypt files. The latter type is also known as cryptoware. Only by paying a ransom can you might gain access to your computer and files again. It is important to protect yourself against ransomware as an individual.
In a DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack, a massive amount of data is sent to a server at the same time by a network of computers. Because the server cannot process this information, it temporarily goes offline or becomes difficult to access. It is tricky but possible for a company to guard against a DDoS attack.