Threats to system security involve the ‘hacking’ of online systems by malicious individuals or groups. Threats fall into three main areas:
- ‘Denial of Service’ attacks in which online systems are overwhelmed by additional network traffic targeted by hackers.
- Infiltration of online systems by third parties for the purposes of disruption, damage or theft of information.
- Disruption from viruses or malware that may inadvertently be passed on to/from third parties (Note: Local legislation may make NBAs financially liable for passing on viruses etc. It is therefore important to ensure appropriate measures are in place to minimise this risk).