It’s clear now that this year won’t be any different from last in terms of the wide range and increasing virulence of malicious attacks.
A recent AppRiver analysis of malware trends between January and March of 2014 have affirmed that the threat of criminal incursions is only growing more formidable. AppRiver’s report identified 490 million malicious messages in the first quarter of the year. These threats arrived in the form of emails and malware-laden webpages.
Consistent with other reports, the United States is leading the pack as far as the number of instances of attacks is concerned.
The analysis found that not only are cyberthreats gaining momentum as far as the number in circulation, but that they’re also becoming more powerful and harder to contain. AppRiver pointed, for instance, to a popular piece of malware that has spawned several mutations that feature the newly acquired ability to self-replicate. This functionality allows these new strains to reproduce and spread with great speed, thereby making it exceedingly difficult to contain them.
It doesn’t take an official report, however, to realize that malware authors are always looking for ways to get a leg up on their myriad targets. With the threat atmosphere showing only signs of growth, it is imperative that businesses employ certain tactics to defend their enterprise security.
Businesses Should Consider the Ways Malware Can Enter Their Infrastructure
A recent article in BusinessNewsDaily discussed the various ways people can protect themselves when it comes to malicious attacks. But in an age when BYOD is in such wide use, these tips can just as easily apply to businesses as individuals. Companies should make all of their employees aware of the following ways cybercrime can worm its way into your company’s system:
- Online ads: It’s never a good idea to click on a pop-up ad, but the reality that malware may lurk within it makes it even more dangerous. One particularly harmful thing about malware that enters through this platform is that it can often exist undetected on the victim’s computer. If this computer happens to be an employee-owned device, the company’s network could be in trouble.
- Social media: What company doesn’t have a Twitter account these days, not to mention Facebook, Instagram and every other free publicity platform? While these resources are great tools for economically expanding business, they also present a threat when it comes to malware. According to social risk management industry executive James C. Foster, three quarters of malware claims social media as its infection point. Plus, clever criminal organizations often employ social-engineering techniques in hopes of tricking users into clicking dangerous links or providing personal information that can be later used to steal identities.
Fortunately, these risks can be significantly mitigated through the implementation of a software authentication platform aimed at verifying identities on the various digital platforms used by a company. And if every wall of a business is stringently guarded, it makes them extremely difficult to breach.
Don’t be the company whose infrastructure exists in the open. For the sake of business and customer trust, put up strong authentication walls today.