Sustaining a secure IT infrastructure in the face of cyber threats remains a significant challenge for all organisations. It’s something that we have to live with daily and navigate, in addition to just running a business and all that entails. But many companies can make substantial progress in safeguarding their systems by understanding how to mitigate the most critical risks.
Cybercrime remains a highly profitable enterprise and shows no signs of decline. Ransomware operations adapt their tactics to maximise profits, while malware continues to infiltrate networks worldwide.
Here are some of the top trending threats businesses should be aware of.
Horobot – this generally targets accounting, investment and the construction industry, and its popularity (for the wrong reasons) has seen an increase over the past two years. It mainly targets Gmail, Yahoo, and Outlook users.
If you use 1Password or other password management systems, you may be vulnerable to ViperSoftX, which generally affects browsers such as Microsoft, Edge, Firefox and Brave. Initially regarded as a tool primarily impacting cryptocurrencies, it’s now evolved to provide cyber attackers with a broader range of powerful capabilities.
Tofsee botnet has been around for decades, yet it’s seen as one of the top business threats. It is a “multi-purpose malware that features several modules used to carry out various activities such as sending spam messages, conducting click fraud, mining cryptocurrency, and more”. (Source: IT Pro)
To safeguard yourself, here’s a reminder of five of the most effective methods:
One of the first lines of defence against malware and other viruses is to install antivirus software on all devices connected to a network.
1. One of the first lines of defence against malware and other viruses is to install antivirus software on all devices connected to a network. 2. Create strong passwords using a mix of letters, numbers, and special characters. Most platforms now generate automatic strong passwords.
3. Enforce security policies within your organisation and ensure colleagues know their responsibilities.
4. Use firewalls.
5. Monitor activity and constantly be on the lookout. It’s easy to become complacent.
If you require any assistance safeguarding your business against viruses or if you’re unlucky enough to be affected by one, BizWiseIT can assist. We work with companies across the Crawley, Gatwick, and West Sussex region, specialising in small business and local.