3 Known Issues That Could Put Your Business Systems at Risk
by Stephanie Faris on Monday, December 07 6:00
No matter how hard your business works to secure your network, there are risks you ll face on a daily basis. As long as employees are allowed to browse the Internet freely and take their work devices outside of the office, your business will deal with security threats. Devices can be stolen, passwords can be easily guessed, and employees can click on links that download malicious software.
One way to reduce these risks is to remain aware of current threats. Security providers like Trend Micro and Symantec provide this information on their security alert pages. Server administrators can also sign up for alerts from the US Computer Emergency Readiness Team to be alerted about major threats. Here are a few of the current threats that could impact your business.
If you ve bought new equipment for your business lately, you may want to pay particular attention to a warning from ZDNet about preinstalled software. PCs and tablets manufactured by Dell, Toshiba, and Lenovo have been named in the warning, including devices sold to businesses and consumers. A security researcher posted a proof of concept online that revealed how a user could be tricked into opening a webpage that would allow attackers access. A separate advisory warned against three vulnerabilities in the bloatware that comes preinstalled on a new Lenovo PC. Lenovo issued a security advisory last week about the issue. For businesses with devices that qualify, removing the affected bloatware and updating virus definitions can help.
On its own, a computer virus can do serious damage. When combined with other viruses, it can freeze a device and spread to connected networks. Experts are warning about a cybercrime group that combines three pieces of malware into one devastating cyber threat. The combination includes Pony, a very effective password stealer, a dangerous exploit kit called Angler, and CryptoWall 4, one of the most widespread ransomware programs to date. The attack deploys the software to first steal a user s password, inject malicious code into their websites, and take over vulnerable computers that connect to those websites. Networks and devices with updated malware protection are less vulnerable to these attacks.
The FBI has teamed up with Microsoft to do something about a global threat called Dorkbot, which has been installed on computers around the globe. The malware operates in the background, allowing thieves to steal passwords for sites like Netflix, Gmail, and PayPal. Dorkbot is spread through links posted on social media, instant messages, and USB devices. If your employees interact on social media on work devices or use USB drives, it s important to keep your antivirus software and your operating systems updated at all times to avoid a widespread issue.
Every device is vulnerable to attack, but when those systems are connected to a business s network, small infections can quickly escalate. By remaining aware of the current issues putting your business network at risk, you can keep your applications, files, and website safe and avoid downtime that will cost your business money and annoy customers.