Skip to content

Glossary definition: Attack Vector

Understanding Attack Vectors: What Are They?

An attack vector is a path or means by which a hacker (or cracker) can gain access to a computer or network server in order to deliver a payload or malicious code. Attack vectors can come in many forms, such as malicious software, malicious links, malicious email attachments, or even physical access to a computer. Attack vectors are used by attackers to exploit vulnerabilities in a system or network, allowing them to gain access and potentially cause damage. Attack vectors can also be used to gain access to sensitive information, such as passwords, financial data, or other confidential information. Attack vectors are constantly evolving, and it is important for organizations to stay up-to-date on the latest attack vectors, and to have the appropriate security measures in place to protect their systems from these threats.