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How Malware Works & How to Safeguard Yourself

This article contains

  • What is Malware
  • Malware Threats
  • Malware Trends & Facts
  • Types of Malware and how it Works
  • How to safeguard yourself against malicious attack?
  • Be Proactive – ACT Against Malware Today
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               A Google search on ‘Malware’ produces 8,01,00,000 results in less than a second (0.54 seconds).  A research article published on International Journal of Scientific Research and Engineering Development highlights United  States  council  of  Economic Advisers’ estimation about the impact of malware on  the  U.S  economy  as between  $57  billion  and $109 billon in 2016. This shows the enormous impact of malware and it is high time to be aware, alert and take action.

Quite often data security as well as network security is compromised due to malicious attacks. Similar to data security for users and organizations, network security in a computer network is very essential to effectively handle intrusions and information theft.

 

What is Malware?

So, what is Malware? Malware is a contraction of the terms malicious software. It is a software program specifically designed to attack as well as damage, disable, or interrupt computers and/or networks.

Malware Threats

According to University of Massachusetts Amherst:

  • Malware is mostly bundled with other software and installed discreetly.
  • Malware is highly difficult to remove.
  • Malware threatens privacy.
  • Malware critically impacts computer security.

Types of Malware and how it Works

Malware comes in different avatars, namely, Virus, Trojans, Worms, Ransomeware, Spyware, Adware and Botnets. Malware attaches itself to the elements of a web page, pop-up ads, toolbars, and free applications that you download, games, and so on.

If an innocuous user clicks on any of these components, malware will sneak into their computer system or network. Once malware moves into a computer it is capable of stealing anything from music files to more critical information such as login credentials, bank account details, and personal data. The breach on data privacy and data security is unimaginable.

How to safeguard yourself against malicious attack?

Are you worried about your IT security? Do you want to ensure high data confidentiality?

Here are certain useful steps helping you to avoid malware attacks.

  • Install anti malware software
  • Scan your downloads carefully
  • Check whether a link is safe

However, please be aware that these are not enough. Today, cyber criminals come up with sophisticated ways to intrude into your computers and networks. Intruders in network security act very smart.

But, don’t worry. We can help!

Be Proactive – ACT Against Malware Today

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Malware Trends & Facts

  • January 2019 has witnessed the release of around two billion hacked records – 1,769,185,063 to be precise.
  • MS Office is the major attack point. Almost 38 percent of malware is now being concealed as a Word document.
  • In 2018, the cost of the average data breach has notably increased by 6.4 percent to $3.86 million.
  • Given the current trends, total cost of malware will reach $6 trillion by 2021.
  • Your phone is now a primary target. Around 24,000 malicious apps are being blocked every day
  • Out of 4,000 organizations, more than 70 percent are not prepared to handle security breach
  • In 50,000 security incidents, email is mainly responsible at 92 percent of cases.
  • 76 percent of attackers are driven by financial gains
  • Only 25 percent of consumers feel safe about their data
  • More than 60 percent of attacks are targeting small businesses.

Courtesy: https://www.safetydetectives.com/

Handle Advanced Persistent Threat Effectively & Secure Your Organization Successfully

This article contains

  • Why APTs are Dangerous
  • Symptoms of APT Attacks
  • Protection Mechanisms against APT Attacks
  • The Good News – APT Killer is Available

                 Do you know the connection between Stuxnet, Duqu, Flame and Red October? Those who know already are aware of the seriousness of security threats. The types of attacks in network security and data security are manifold. But, (Advanced Persistent Threats, APT) are the most dangerous. These four are examples of highly complex malware APTs, which have haunted the security community considerably.

Today, the number as well as the complexness of cyber-attacks is steadily increasing and present security mechanisms are struggling to detect and handle these complex threats. The intruders in network security and data security are strong in both technically and financially. In this background, it is highly important to understand current security threats, especially APTs to secure organizations’ data assets.

Why APTs are Dangerous

An advanced persistent threat (APT) is a complicated, long-standing as well as multi-staged attack, uniquely developed and spread by well-built cyber crime syndicates. APTs are usually complex and many-faceted. Their impacts can be considerably destructive and irreversible, unless you act fast.

APTs target highly sensitive and critical data troves such as intellectual property, classified data, communication between high value profiles, taking control of websites, and so on.

 

Symptoms of APT Attacks

If you are looking to ensure data confidentiality and data security of your organization, it is important to be aware of the telltale signs of cyber attacks. Here are some common signs that could tell you that your organization is facing an APT attack:

  • Doubtful logons
  • Sudden surge in data flow
  • Repeated malware attacks
  • Unanticipated data bundles

Protection Mechanisms against APT Attacks

Usually, most of the organizations’ security personnel implement one or a combination of these below techniques to handle APTs. Many security services in network security are also recommending these measures to deal with network security issues.

  • Installing antivirus
  • Installing firewalls
  • Developing intrusion prevention systems
  • Building a sandbox mechanism
  • Ensuring E-mail protection
  • Installing Virtual Private Networks (VPN)

Despite all these, there are many organizations failing miserably and falling victims to sophisticated and well-organized APTs.

The Good News – APT Killer is Available

DIMA Warrior is an expert in security technology. We help you take proactive steps to safeguard your organization from an APT attack. The perimeter level security mechanism will never be adequate to handle high risk APTs. We have come up with a unique, sound and strong DNS-based anti APT system, which acts proactively.

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DDOS Attacks on the Rise Against Educational Resources

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DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) is a form of attack that keeps overwhelming a system until the server crashes, and this form of attack has risen by over 350% as compared to the corresponding month of 2019 against educational resources.

With more and more people being forced to go online for classes and for work, networks are primarily being targeted these days, and educational resources account for being a major victim of such network attacks.

While DDoS attacks are a major threat, they aren’t the only form of attacks that educational resources face. Between January and June 2020 alone, 1,68,550 different users reported various forms of attacks disguised in the form of online learning and video conferencing platforms such as Zoom, Moodle and so on. Educators also encountered phishing attacks and fake emails that looked very authentic and could fool anyone into easily giving up their data.

“Remote learning became a necessity for billions of students this past spring, and many educational institutions were forced to make the transition with little or no preparation. The ensuing increase in the popularity of online educational resources coupled with this lack of preparedness made the educational sector an ideal target for cyber attacks. Moving forward this fall, as many schools and universities plan to conduct classes online—at least part of the time — it’s critical these organizations take steps to secure their digital learning environments,” says Alexander Gutnikov, security expert at Kaspersky.

Why a Solid Internet Security is Essential if your Organisation is Shifting to Cloud

   In 2015, Dell reported that companies that invested in big data, cloud mobility, and security enjoy up to 53% faster revenue growth than their competitors. If that was the case back then, the trend has only continued over time, and has magnified considerably ever since work and study from home became the new normal in 2020.

   With more and more people attending classes online and working from home, most of the population is online now in one form or the other. Cloud computing and internet security have assumed a greater role not just because the scale of use has increased, but also because the requirements have changed significantly, and cloud computing greatly caters to all these requirements.

   With most organizations shifting to cloud based computing systems, it is a tough choice to pick out the right one for your organization. A key factor to look out for is how much weight age is given to security features. This is because the cloud being a remote network is prone to attacks from external sources if not protected properly. 

   When adopting a cloud computing system, make sure it has a proper internet security to keep away various forms of attacks and malwares. Some of the common forms of attacks are DDoS, Phishing, Ransomware attacks, and fake mails. A good internet security system will easily detect anything suspicious, and will help you stay clear of them. Look out for ones that provide both offline and online security, and security against all kinds of attacks.


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