Cyber-attacks continue to grow more complex and pose significant threats against businesses small and large. These threats can impact your company in a multitude of ways and can cause numerous hours of downtime. However, partnering with an IT service provider can help you stay one step ahead of these threats and avoid becoming a victim of a cybercriminal. A managed service provider that focuses on cybersecurity is one of the most effective ways to ensure that your computer system is always safe and secure from these malicious threats.
Here, Ravi Bahethi, President of Terranet, Inc. discusses four of the most common cyber attacks that businesses face in today's work environment:
Ransomware is a major threat to businesses, as it encrypts important data and requires companies to pay a fee to regain access to these files. Often, these cybercriminals threaten to delete all of the information if the fee isn't paid during a specified time. The best way to prevent these threats is to upload all of your important data to the cloud each day. Cloud technologies allow you to access your data without giving in to the financial demands of cybercriminals.
Viruses and Worms
Like their biological analogues, viruses and worms can cause significant issues, including slowness, consumption of resources, and system crashes. Both are considered a classic form of malware. Computer viruses attach themselves to a data or executable file and use the host program to spread/infect other data files or executable programs. Computer worms are standalone programs that are mistakenly downloaded and exploit a vulnerability in a host computer. Worms work independently of a computer's files and executable programs, unlike viruses which require them to work. In either case, both can do significant damage to a computer and IT infrastructure. And, like their biological counterparts, they can destroy a computer.
The best way to avoid viruses and worms is to stay ahead of them. First, keep your systems up to date on the last software patches and upgrades. Second, have an anti-virus program and keep it updated too. When possible, use an enterprise-wide management program to assist in the automated rollout of patches and upgrades such as IBM BigFix, Microsoft SCCM, and SolarWinds. Third, you need to prevent initial infection by using firewall rules and DNS filtering. Fourth--and most importantly--having guidelines for proper internet usage and procedures for when infection is suspected or discovered.
Trojans and Bots
Trojans and bots are types of virus and worms and grouped as malware. The name Trojan comes from Homer's poem The Iliad and is a reference to the Trojan Horse. The same context is applied to deceptively benign computer code that seems legitimate but is written to damage or disrupt a systems function or steal personal data.
On the other hand, bots are programs that gather information about your system and send it to a control center. They can be controlled by another system to make your computer do tasks without your command. As with viruses and worms, the best way to prevent these types of malware from infecting your systems is to keep your software up to date and patched.
Spyware is any software that collects data without your knowledge and sends it to a third party. These programs are able to record keystrokes and record login information for various accounts. Employees often accidentally download spyware by visiting unsecured websites or downloading malicious email attachments. Keep your company protected from these threats by automatically scanning attachments and preventing access to unsecured websites.
Adware is a common nuisance that costs businesses countless dollars each year. Adware targets employees with specific advertisements, typically pop-ups. Additionally, some types of adware use tracking tools to gain information about each user; these programs can cause your computer to operate much slower and may even disable your anti-virus programs. An IT service provider can scan your entire computer system and completely remove any adware to ensure that your computer system is operating efficiently as possible.
Ravi Bahethi believes that understanding these common cybersecurity threats is essential in keeping your company secure against these ever-evolving IT security threats. These issues can lead to many hours of downtime in the workplace, but a managed service provider can give your company the best protection against these attacks and give you much-needed peace of mind.
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