Many organizations have an increasingly mobile workforce and as such, laptops may be lost or stolen, potentially with sensitive or confidential information on board. Malware attacks and attacks against the endpoint from compromised USB storage devices, media players and mobile phones can also result in a PC being compromised with malware. Most malware installs backdoor Trojans that enable attackers to gain access to compromised PCs as though they were sitting at the PC itself, enabling them to transfer confidential information or to install spyware that will record a user’s online activities, user names and passwords. Safeguarding a business’s intellectual assets, including e-mail correspondence, is key not only to being able to recover from a potential disaster, but also to respond appropriately when legislation demands, particularly for regulated industries where responding to legal discovery requests may be necessary.
Exmaples: Conficker - Discovered by Symantec in November 2008, Conficker infected more than six million computers worldwide, becoming one of the most dangerous threats of 2008. Having remained relatively quiet since, it is now a generic dropper for other malicious software.
Security experts estimate that Conficker, a particularly malicious worm, targeting MS Windows, has already infected more than 7 million computers around the world. Last year, there was much hype that the Conficker worm would cause an April 1 meltdown, although security researchers said such fears were greatly exaggerated. Still, Symantec says the botnet could still "wreak havoc." But worms are not the only threat out there. As IT Business Edge blogger Mike Vizard explains:
"The problem is that the way we approach data security these days is largely defined by the way IT sees the world, which is through layers of horizontal products and technologies. What IT doesn’t really have a handle on is what specific individuals have access to what kind of information because they are associated with a specific business process or task." These are just some of the major threats that Symantec Hosted Services says are facing companies. Click through to view the top five security threats you should be on the lookout for.
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