(also attack vector)
Threat vector definition
A threat vector is a path, method, or means by which a hacker can break into a computer system.
Threat vector examples
Through social engineering attacks like phishing, hackers can trick the victim into clicking on a malicious link and giving up their login information or even giving away their financial data.
An internal threat vector may be an employee exposing important network details to a malicious actor. Sometimes, the attack can even come from the employee themselves.
Stopping exposure to threat vectors
- Learn to recognize social engineering attacks.
- Avoid unknown links.
- Use cybersecurity software like a VPN and anti-malware.