Since its humble beginnings back in the 1980s, malware has grown to become the number 1 cyber threat faced by businesses and organisations today.

Short for ‘malicious software’, malware encompasses various forms of software that can harm your computer and wider network. Some of the most common forms of malware are:

●    Ransomware
●    Viruses
●    Trojan horses
●    Adware
●    Spyware
●    Worms

The most common of these that affect businesses around the globe are ransomware attacks. From 2010 to 2018 more than 7.1 billion identities were exposed in data breaches caused by malware.

This number is only growing as the world becomes ever more interconnected with faster connection speeds becoming available all the time. Although banks and governmental organisations are often the targets of malware attacks, small businesses can also fall foul of cybercriminals who use things like ransomware to defraud and steal. 

What is the Best Malware Defence for Businesses?

 

Malware attacks that target businesses are often carried out by sending malicious emails containing links that when opened infect the recipient’s computer. This method of attack is tried and tested and has grown in popularity over the last decade.

Attacks can also have an impact even if no ransom is paid. The costs of cleaning machines, restoring data and the impact of IT infrastructure downtime all have a significant effect on business continuity.

One of the main issues cybersecurity experts and businesses alike face is the constant evolution of threats. Staying ahead of the game is vital when protecting yourself from malware

Defending against malware is a must for all businesses, no matter their size.

 

Our top tips will help to keep you and your sensitive data safe from any external threats:

 
Create and enforce a company security policy
Employees should be clear on what threats exist and what best practices can help mitigate them. For example, being able to identify potentially malicious emails and knowing how to encrypt sensitive data properly are powerful tools against malware.

 

Keep up to date with the latest threats 
Ensuring you or your IT team have a working understanding of current threats leaves you better placed to defend against them. Any vulnerabilities that are identified need to be patched as soon as possible.

 

Use proven cybersecurity technology
Invest in your company’s security and use technology that removes all threats with 100% accuracy. Deep Secure’s Threat Removal is a good example of a programme that delivers malware-free data for your business.

 

Enforce a minimum password strength
Any employee or customer passwords should be at least 8 characters long and include a mixture of uppercase and lowercase letters, numbers and special symbols. You should also make sure that passwords are not shared, changed regularly and that two-factor authentication is used as much as possible.
Delete old profiles and credentials 

When accounts become obsolete they should be deleted immediately. This prevents any attackers from gaining access to the network via an unused account.

 

Update your current systems 

Make sure that your current network and any device connected to it is fully up to date with working anti threat software. This ensures the measures you already have in place will be functioning properly and any issues can be identified and resolved. 

 

Back your important data up

Regularly backing up your data is one of the best weapons against malware, particularly ransomware. If you have copies of your data stored somewhere that is not connected to your main network then you will be able to recover it should an attack take place.

 

Be prepared 

Having a plan in place for an attack can be the difference between being infected badly and being able to stop the malware in its tracks. Being able to identify a breach and disconnecting an infected computer from the rest of the network quickly is vital in stopping it from spreading.

 

How to Recognise a Malware Attack

Learning to recognise a malware attack is crucial to being able to stop the infection spreading. Once a device has been compromised, the malware will likely attempt to spread across the network and infect all other devices connected to it.

If you identify the threat in time then the device can be isolated and disinfected accordingly. Remember to disconnect it from WiFi, Bluetooth and any other connection before trying to identify and neutralise the threat.

 

Some telltale signs that your device has been compromised are: 

●    Pop up messages or windows appearing that you have not seen before 
●    New programmes or icons on your device that you do not recognise 
●    New toolbars in your web browser 
●    Your device seems slower than usual and crashes frequently 
●    You notice changes that you didn’t make. For example your homepage or desktop background change.

 

Deep Secure specialise in delivering malware-free data for businesses. You can share files, open email attachments and browse the web safely and securely using Threat Removal technology.

Get in touch with our team of cybersecurity experts today to find out how your business can benefit.


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