In a single phrase, security in a cyber-world has become the single most point of focus in today’s technological world. It is the bane of every on-site technician, and a boon to every criminal who has a malware tool set and an ISP. No one is safe, but that being said, there are steps that can be taken in order to increase your chances of survival when, not if, your security is breached.
Single Targeted Attack
One of the most prevalent of security breaches is sitting at one of your desks right now. Whether due to financial stress, a slight by management, or ignorance your employee is the single most prevalent threat you have to your security. In order to keep this somewhat at bay make sure that all data traffic is monitored, any outside introduction of devices such as thumb drives is forbidden, and all passwords to vital data are updated monthly.
Encrypted Ransomware Attack – Cryptolocker Data Recovery
The genius of the criminal is only exceeded by their greed. Viruses like the Cryptolocker infect your server with a small program either through a website, or more often an infected email. Once resident, the virus will encrypt files by type and date. As an example, all spread sheet files from the oldest to the newest will be encrypted, followed by word documents, database files, and any files that look to be related to a third party application. Once encrypted the files become unusable and the encryption key is embedded in the virus. If the virus is cleaned then the encryption key is destroyed and all data is lost. In order to get the data back a ransom is paid, usually through an offshore website using Bitcoin.
One of the easiest to detect and overcome is the malware attack. A simple virus that is introduced either through a website, and or email. What makes malware so dangerous is that many of the viruses steal information. Bank, client, employee records are all susceptible to this type of virus and if you listen to the news and or read the internet you know that no one is safe. In order to make sure you will not be subjected to a malware attack, keep all virus detection software up to date, download all virus signatures, and monitor every website, and all email.
There are many other methods your security can be breached either through a brute force hack attack, mobile device or operating security anomaly. Each of these presents a special set of circumstances and must be addressed individually. However, the onsite tech who is diligent and keeps a close watch on his server will avoid catastrophic data loss.