Brute Force and Dictionary Attacks: A Guide for IT Leaders

It’s essential that cybersecurity professionals understand the risks associated with brute force attacks.

Read this guide from TechRepublic Premium to find out what you need to know about this classic form of cybersecurity attack, how safe you may (or may not) be and how to defend your systems against brute force attacks.

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ARE BRUTE FORCE ATTACKS ONLY AN ONLINE PROBLEM?

When thinking of a brute force or a dictionary attack, one may jump to the conclusion that it’s a problem exclusive to web applications or other secure online locations, but that’s hardly the case. Offline brute force attacks are very real and may even be a bigger problem than those targeting internet assets. It’s important to specify the difference between online and offline brute force attacks.

Online brute force attacks are performed in real time with an attacker directly connected to the system they’re attacking. These cybersecurity attacks are restricted by elements such as internet bandwidth, security measures and possible discovery by the victim.

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