Attack Overview – Video

There are generally two reasons an individual or an organization is attacked.  One, you are specifically targeted or two, you are a target of opportunity.

Any good hacker will take a few common steps to attack a site these can generally be ordered from 1-4.

  1. Reconnaissance
  2. Scanning
  3. Research Vulnerabilities
  4. Performing the attack


Often you are going to be attacked by “script-kiddies” the easiest way to protect against them is simply make their job hard and they’ll move on somewhere else.

  • Make sure OS and Apps are up to date with patches
  • Turn off and remove un-necessary services and software
  • Run a host-based firewall
  • Don’t display information in service banners
  • Don’t provide any information about your network/systems publicly
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