Beyond Email: 5 Alternative Ways to Fall Victim to Ransomware

Email     |     Share  
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12
Next Beyond Email: 5 Alternative Ways to Fall Victim to Ransomware-7 Next

Protecting Yourself When Using Social Media

Social media users should be cautious about the links they click, the videos they watch, and the photos they choose to open. Do not trust a link or an enticing offer just because it appears to be coming from a familiar brand. Offers for free iPhones, airline tickets or click-bait — like exclusive photos or videos — are likely tied to a scam that could contain harmful malware. If something looks too good to be true, it probably is. If a user is aware of a malicious URL, a SWF/URL filtering and anti-phishing endpoint solution is a way to protect yourself and your organization from a ransomware attack via social media platforms. If the URL is unknown, a URL scanning security solution to detect malware would be needed.

Ransomware, without a doubt, is dominating the cyber-threat landscape by holding critical systems and data hostage in industries ranging from health care and finance to government and energy. Ransomware is a class of malware that, when distributed to a system, renders victims' systems unusable by encrypting computers and data or by locking applications. The attacker's goal is to blackmail the victim into paying a ransom in exchange for decryption keys, allowing them to regain control of their systems and data.

Most information and reports about ransomware, however, have focused on phishing as a conduit for ransomware delivery and often overlook other distribution methods in use. Attackers are becoming craftier with their methods to spread malware that encrypts files and locks data, blindsiding victims before they even realize they have been attacked.

So while organizations and individuals are performing everyday tasks – like running their businesses in the cloud and using social media – alternative ways to receive ransomware, which don't require victims to open a phishing email, also pose a serious threat. In this slideshow, Aditya Sood, PhD., director of security and Elastica Cloud Threat Labs at Blue Coat, discusses five alternative ways that organizations can fall victim to ransomware and offers advice on how they can protect themselves.

 

Related Topics : Unisys, Stimulus Package, Security Breaches, Symantec, Electronic Surveillance

 
More Slideshows

PAM PAM Solutions: Critical to Securing Privileged Access

To protect the company from those insiders who abuse their privileged access and from hackers with stolen credentials, many companies are turning to a privileged access management (PAM) solution. ...  More >>

Fake news How Can We Fix the Fake News Problem?

Is fake news a security issue? Some say yes, as it can be used as a social engineering tool to spread disinformation and conceivably to get unsuspecting users to click on malicious links. ...  More >>

blockchain The World According to Blockchain

Blockchain comes with many costs and is surrounded by confusion. Here, we examine realistic use cases, drawbacks and the potential of blockchain. ...  More >>

Subscribe to our Newsletters

Sign up now and get the best business technology insights direct to your inbox.