Spud in the News

Prevention is the Key to Your Security: Cyber Security Awareness Month

Prevention is the Key to Your Security: Cyber Security Awareness Month - Spud in the News | Spud Software - unnamed_(30)

National Cyber Security Awareness Month: Are you taking steps to prevent cyber security threats?

The phrase "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" may be an old one, but it's still as true today as it was when Benjamin Franklin first uttered the words, and it's especially applicable to the world of cyber security. Unfortunately, cyber crime isn't likely to just "go away" anytime soon, so to protect your data and the integrity of your business, it's important to prioritize prevention.

Most organizations are working toward having reliable recovery plans in the case of a security breach - whether that is through malware attacks or the increasingly prevalent ransomware threats. But while a recovery plan is valuable, it shouldn't be your main focus. 

Years ago, it was enough to educate employees to not click on suspicious links or opening unsolicited file attachments, but hackers no longer need click-bait emails or websites to infect a company's infrastructure. Malware is breaching organizations through brute force attacks that are "clickless," meaning they bypass user interaction altogether. And all it takes is a single infected computer to compromise an entire network.

As we mentioned a few weeks ago, hackers are now hiding malicious scripts in legitimate software solutions, which means you may be deploying compromised software across your network without realizing it. And in the case of the September security breach, it was anti-virus software itself that was compromised. These backdoor hacking techniques aren't always out to take your data hostage. In many cases, they silently steal credentials and use their access to further propagate their malicious code or even drain corporate bank accounts.

And even if you think you have a malware attack contained, some ransomware attacks leave behind backdoors and scheduled tasks that reinstall the malware, so just when you think you have resolved the issue, it resurrects itself and the recovery process begins again.

With all of these threats coming from a variety of seemingly undetectable sources, prevention may seem difficult, if not downright impossible. But deploying Endpoint Security solutions will help your organization prevent a breach rather than just reacting to one after the fact. 

Endpoint Security provides protection against fileless attacks and exploits that would otherwise be missed by antivirus software. This centralized approach protects all "endpoints," meaning your servers, desktops, laptops, smartphones and IoT devices, that are connected to your corporate IT network from malware and other cyber security threats. It blocks these attacks by analyzing behaviors and attributes during the "set up" phase of a cyber attack, protecting your system before the damage is actually done. 

Effective endpoint security solutions utilize a client-server model that installs security software on the network via the centrally managed server then authenticates logins made from the endpoints and simultaneously updates the client software on an as-needed basis. It monitors all files on the network the moment they start to execute and blocks attacks before they have the opportunity to run. Some endpoint security solutions even offer software that will analyze your organization's software profile, noting any custom software solutions or unique systems in place, then deploy tailored protection for your organization to maximize your coverage and the accuracy of your protection on every endpoint.

This provides users with real-time solutions that evolve as the threat landscape evolves and blocks exploits, fileless and clickless attacks. And a responsive solution that learns your organization's unique software profile will reduce the risk of false positives and other noise that may limit enterprise productivity.

As National Cyber Security Awareness Month comes to a close today, it's important to remember that cyber security threats don't just happen once a year. With cyber crime on the rise, it's vital for your organization to regularly review your prevention and recovery plans to ensure you are protected from the next threat that pops up. At Spud Software, we're passionate about helping our clients protect their data from cyber security threats. Just give us a call or visit our website to find out how we can help your organization.

 

Prevention is the Key to Your Security: Cyber Security Awareness Month - Spud in the News | Spud Software - Screen_Shot_2017-09-06_at_11

We're pleased to introduce you to sweet Bashful. Miss Bashful is about a year and a half old, current on all her vaccinations, spayed, microchipped and front declawed. This pretty grey girl is looking for someone to make her a part of their furever family. Wouldn't you just love to meet her?

Prevention is the Key to Your Security: Cyber Security Awareness Month - Spud in the News | Spud Software - unnamed_(31)

If you're interested in adopting James or any of the other residents at Lucky Day Animal Rescue, visit their website and fill out an adoption form.  You can make it some animal's Lucky Day!

Prevention is the Key to Your Security: Cyber Security Awareness Month - Spud in the News | Spud Software - Screen_Shot_2017-09-06_at_11

Prevention is the Key to Your Security: Cyber Security Awareness Month - Spud in the News | Spud Software - unnamed_(32)Our own Matt Regan is nothing short of a Renaissance man, as he proves here in his Spud gear, standing on the dusty streets of Holly's Renaissance Festival. We hope you had a great time, Matt, and we're very glad you didn't get fed to a dragon while you were there.

 

Have you seen a Spud shirt lately? Send us a picture to be featured in our newsletter!

Prevention is the Key to Your Security: Cyber Security Awareness Month - Spud in the News | Spud Software - Screen_Shot_2017-09-06_at_11

"Man maintains his balance, poise, and sense of security only as he is moving forward."

- Maxwell Maltz

 

October Is National Cyber Security Month

Does your cyber security plan make you more than a statistic? In the wake of multiple data breaches, ransomware attacks and backdoor hacking incidents, it seems like National Cyber Security Awareness month couldn't have come at a better...

Backdoor Vulnerability - Is Your System At Risk?

News of yet another security breach spread over the internet Monday morning. Researchers discovered that the Avast-owned security application CCleaner for Windows had been compromised by hackers who had installed a vulnerability in the malware removal tool. This vulnerability opened up millions of

Encryption: The Best Defense for Your Data

Do you know why encryption should be your first line of defense? Encryption is one of those words we use a lot in the software industry, and for good reason. When it comes to protecting your data, it is our first, and best, security solution....

Have You Prioritized Your Processes?

Does your company have a road map to success? Just as the choices we make day-to-day determine our course as individuals, the processes you follow as a company determines your organization's success. And the efficiency and effectiveness...

Domain Shadowing: The Hidden Threat to Your Domain

Is your domain safe from shadowing? Your business thrives on its reputation, and we know that you work hard to build a positive name in your community and your field. But maybe you've never considered your cyber reputation, or more aptly,...

Industry 4.0: Changing Modern Manufacturing

The next generation of manufacturing is taking off. If it seems like everything is going "smart" these days, that's because that's exactly what's happening. Smart technology is spreading across our world, from the...

The Benefits of Microsoft Azure

Fast, reliable cloud computing that's now going local. Yesterday Microsoft announced that their private cloud platform, Azure Stack, is ready for its first customers. Previously available only as public infrastructure and platform...

Keep Your Technology Cool

Summer is an important time to keep your cool. The warmth of summer is a great time to head outdoors and enjoy some fun in the sun, but it also challenges us to find ways to keep cool. And while you're focusing on keeping yourself cool,...
Page: 12345 - All
Spud Software, Inc. BBB Business Review