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Threat vector

Threat vector

(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.

Further reading

Ultimate digital security