Why should you protect your business from malware?

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What is malware, and why is it a threat to your business? We will be sharing everything you need to know about malware and how you can keep your business safe going into the New Year.

Malware, in short, is all forms of malicious software that infects a computer and damages, steals, or restricts access to businesses data and systems. Malware has been around for more than 30 years, and since the pandemics start, there has been a significant spike in its popularity, attacking businesses in the form of fake software installations, malicious advertising, emails, infected USB drives, apps and even text messages.

There are various types of malware to be aware of; these are the most commonly used to target businesses.

  • Worms
    A computer worm is a form of malware that spreads copies of itself from computer to computer, modifying and deleting files without the user’s knowledge. 
  • Ransomware
    Ransomware will infect machines, encrypt and restrict access to files, and ten demand ransom for that data to be returned.
  • Fileless malware
    Fileless malware is a malicious activity that uses native, legitimate programs to execute a cyber-attack. It does not rely on files, making it challenging to detect and remove.
  • Viruses
    Viruses, similar to flu viruses, infect devices once opened and are designed to spread rapidly and replicate themselves throughout a network
  • Spyware
    Spyware installs itself onto a device and covertly monitors behaviour and information without detection

It is vital to protect your business from malware correctly, as many companies oversee this crucial element of Cyber Security. Businesses commonly take preventative measures; however, some advanced malware can access your business’s network even with this in place. 

What’s necessary is technologies that continually monitor and detect malware to evade infection. You must perform regular scans and have up to date comprehensive security protection on all your devices. &Partners can manage your businesses security by leveraging the powerful AI SIEM capability of Azure Sentinel to deliver a next-generation SOC built for the modern threatscape and tailored to your business. 

Malware is more present today than ever, so get in touch to keep your business safe and prevent loss of information, disruption, and harm to your reputation.