Make no mistake, the criminals are lurking. Greater connectivity, mobile devices and remote access may have created numerous opportunities for UK businesses, but technological advancements have also presented something of a goldmine for underworld gangs too. Such is the threat that, following the announcement of the rollout of 5G, many were muted in their applause. Why? Because even though the next generation of mobile networks offer many benefits, a survey revealed that 40% of companies were concerned about cyber security. In other words, there are genuine worries that innovation is charging ahead, without first establishing assurances that organisations won’t be subsequently exposed to hacking. In this rapidly changing world, malware threat protection isn’t just a sensible precaution – it is a vital line of defence. Step forward, Backup Heroes.
What is malware and how do I get it?
Malware infections come in many forms. Malware (a contraction of the full term ‘malicious software’) is software that is designed to damage a system, cause disruption or steal information. It is possible for cyber criminals to encrypt business-critical data, hijack systems or spy on computer use – all without a user’s knowledge.
More often than not, an attack is motivated by cold, hard cash. Businesses are targeted because they may store customer information or process financial transactions. Ransomware is a particular type of malware where a hacker locks access to files in exchange for money. Meanwhile, there has been a reported rise in crypto jacking – the unauthorised use of a unsuspecting victim’s computer in order to mine for cryptocurrency. Other examples of malware include worms, Trojans and keyloggers – which record every key stroke to extract passwords, user names and credit card details.
What’s more, every single time a user is connected to the internet they are vulnerable. Exposure can come through compromised websites, malicious adverts and links, music files, infected USBs and emails. Even legitimate-looking apps and software can hide a nasty surprise if the correct measures are not taken.
How to ensure the best malware threat protection
Once malware is present on one device, it can spread throughout an entire network. This can result in significant downtime while the problem is addressed, as well as lost customer confidence and potential legal ramifications if a company is found to be in breach of data protection regulations. Don’t think that blissful ignorance is a defence, either. The authorities may well take the view that – even if your business was the victim of a crime – you may be partly liable if insufficient data protection procedures were in place.
So, how do you keep your business safe from malware? We’ve put together some tips to ensure your organisation is well armed and able to fight off predators:
- Keep operating systems and applications up-to-date, using only reputable and reliable sources.
- Install the very latest security patches.
- Make sure staff are educated about the potential risk of malware.
- Use robust anti-virus software to defend against threat.
- Have a backup strategy in place. Backing up your data is the very best way to defeat cyber criminals, allowing a complete system restoration or even line by line recovery to a point in time before an attack.
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