The threats to the organization are constantly evolving, and the security team needs frequent training to stay up-to-date on the latest risks. Financially driven attacks have become a huge issue recently, as are new phishing attacks, viruses, worms and Trojans.
For example, the Downloader.MDW, better known as Dialer.XD, forces affected computers to generate a large amount of network traffic activity with the consequent consumption of bandwidth. It carries out actions that decrease the security level of the computer and uses anti-monitoring techniques in order to prevent it from being detected by antivirus companies. It also spreads across the Internet while being downloaded by other malware.
In addition, the Linux.Apaback is a Trojan horse that modifies network traffic and opens a back door on the compromised computer. Although this Trojan is considered low risk, as it is easily mitigated and removed, an unsuspecting organization caught off guard can be entirely compromised by allowing such a threat to exist.
Recent reports have found that cyber attacks against U.S. corporations are on the rise, along with an increase in international threats, especially from China, and emerging threats to small businesses. Today, it’s not a matter of if an organization will be the victim of a cyber attack, but when.
If you knew you were going to be attacked, what would you do differently to prepare your infrastructure? Bill Wheeler, global director of security & compliance practice at Zensar, outlines the most important steps you should take when protecting your organization.