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" any time 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 all together. 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 schduled 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, smart phones 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 end point.
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.