IT and security professionals, beware! The internet, and even your own systems, are lurking with untold dangers that can cause nightmares for even the bravest cyber pro. Here are four cyber scares to avoid this Halloween and, more importantly, protect your organization from year-round:
The Vampire – Just as Vampires live in the shadows feeding on the blood of unsuspecting creatures, malware lurking on your network sucks the data from your systems slowly draining you of payment card details, company financials, intellectual property and customer trust – the lifeblood of any organization.
Ghost in the Attic – What was that? A creak in the attic or something more nefarious? Just like a ghost roaming the premises, cyber attackers that engage in APTs lay hidden, quietly creeping about in the darkest corners of your network, carrying out their reconnaissance. Then like a ghost looking for a good scare, they attack your systems and data when you least expect it.
Slimer – The ravenous, slimy green ectoplasm phantom of Ghostbuster’s fame is known for eating everything in its path, much like destructive malware whose aim is to wipe out all of your data and topple your systems. Just as TV5 Monde experienced when crippling malware took all 12 of its channels off the air.
Evil Puppet Master – Just like a sinister puppeteer commanding human souls, ransomware takes control of your computer rendering it useless to the owner unless a ransom is paid. But beware, they often leave their mark on your machine even after the ransom is collected and your computer is set free – so they can come back to haunt you.
Hunting Down Cyber Scares
The good news is you don’t have to run from cyber scares. Like any good vampire slayer or werewolf hunter, you just need a good strategy and some special tools built to get the job done.
- Don’t assume the castle walls and moat are enough to protect you.
You can build the walls higher and thicker, the moat deeper and wider; but eventually a threat will make it past your perimeter defenses.
- Don’t sit back and wait to become a victim.
Proactively scan your networks and endpoints for malware or signs of suspicious code that has evaded existing defenses including EDR and AV.
- Find something. Do something!
When a threat is found make sure incident response is swift and comprehensive. Remind employees of the dangers of phishing scams and train them to exercise caution if a stranger comes knocking at their email.
- Use the right tool for the job.
Wooden stakes for slaying vampires; proton packs for neutralizing ghosts; silver bullets for stopping werewolves; Infocyte HUNT for post-compromise malware detection.
When it comes to cyber scares, Infocyte HUNT is the right tool for the job. It enables your own IT or security teams to become hunters and channel a little Van Helsing; without footing the bill for his specialty services.
Infocyte HUNT provides an easy-to-use, yet powerful solution to limit risk and proactively discover malware and persistent threats, active or dormant, that have successfully evaded existing defenses and established a beachhead within the network. It’s designed to rapidly assess network endpoints for evidence of compromise – without the burden of complicated equipment or endpoint software installations. And up to 30 times faster than other methods.
With Infocyte HUNT in your bag of tricks cyber threats won’t seem so scary. Learn how to become a cyber hunter.
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