By Kip Kirchberg
Seems that everyday you see something in the news about the latest cybercrime activity — leaked emails, viruses, stolen funds, crypto ware and more. You can take practical steps to protect yourself and your company from falling victim to Cyber Attacks that leverage Malware or Ransomware.
Malware is short for “malicious software.” It is a program or file designed to be disruptive, invasive and harmful to your computer.
Types of malware include viruses, spyware, adware and worms. Malware is most frequently transmitted through e-mail attachments, Instant Messages (IM), peer-to-peer downloads, phishing and misleading web sites.
Virus outbreaks cause harm by destroying data on infected computers and/or by increasing network traffic by triggering e-mail messages that carry the virus to all e-mail addresses in an address book or a random combination of addresses.
Ransomware is a type of malware that is designed to block access to all or part of a computer system until a sum of money (Bitcoin) is paid. Think of attacks like Colonial Pipeline or JBS Foods.
Because attackers are looking to maximize their payday, the targets are typically larger entities (departments, colleges, businesses) that not only are likely to have the funds, but also experience a significant loss when they cannot access their systems.
Individuals are still a target of ransomware because they can be a doorway into a large organization’s systems.
When it comes to preventing or detecting ransomware, there is no silver bullet.
Traditional security software uses a Blacklist Antivirus approach, which is a list of all known malicious files, and prevents them from running.
There is a better option, software like PC Matics Super Shield can help protect your computers from potential Malware or Ransomware by using what is called Application White Listing.
With Application Whitelisting security software, there is no malware or ransomware victim.
Only tested, safe programs and files can run, thereby protecting your computer, laptop, mobile device or business network from unauthorized access. With whitelisting, a user has complete peace of mind when it comes to data protection and internet security.
If you are looking for a better solution to protect your endpoints, have a need for remote management, need visibility into pc performance, or would like to capture pc software inventory I can help provide a solution for you.
Please reach out and request your free Cyber Security Consultation. I will be glad to discuss options, schedule a Demo, and help you find a solution that will work best for your environment.
You can reach me at 863-734-8060 or at [email protected]