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Malware: It’s Not If…It’s When

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An unfortunate fact for IT departments is that they will, at some point, face a malware crisis.

Here’s how addressing malware normally plays out.

At some point after the infection occurs, usually much later, it gets noticed. Whether by pure luck or through receiving a ransom notice, the IT department becomes aware of the crisis after it has already spread.

The IT team attempts to outrun the exploding crisis. To prevent further infection, they shut down every device. Then, one by one, they must be booted back on and cleaned of the infection.

It could take days, weeks, or even months, to get every device cleared of the malicious software. An enormous amount of money is lost to destroyed productivity and IT labor hours.

But there’s a new way to tackle a malware crisis.

How Syxsense Realtime Security Can Address Malware

Live data means being able to see processes and status in real time. Using the AI-powered personal assistant, an IT manager would simply ask ‘Is WannaCry running on my devices?’ The console would then show where any such process was running.

If the process is running on devices, the option to kill it is available. A process can be killed on a device by device basis or everywhere it’s running.

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But what if the malware changes its name to escape detection?

Realtime Security can still detect the process by MD5. It’s that simple; identify devices running the process, and then kill it with a button click. From there, an alert can be set so that if it somehow starts running again, you will know immediately.

Realtime Security means having live data that is secure, accurate, and actionable.

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Malware Tops Annual Cybercrime Report

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Europol Cybercrime Report 2018

According to Europol’s 2018 Internet Organised Crime Threat Assessment (IOCTA) report, ransomware is the top threat to organizations.

This report sites ransomware as the largest player in financially-motivated attacks. It also points out the increase in nation state cyber-attacks as a reason for ransomware’s continued leading threat level.

Distributed-Denial-of-Service (DDoS) attacks are still quite prevalent. These kinds of attacks were the second most frequent, just after malware, in 2017. It stands to reason that DDoS attacks will be a concern going forward as they are “becoming more accessible, low-cost, and low-risk.”

An emerging field is Cryptojacking. This is the act of using targeted users’ bandwidth to mine cryptocurrencies. These attacks can cripple an organization by dominating their internet bandwidth and device processing power.

How can your organization protect against these threats?

In the event of a cyberattack, authorities should be alerted. But companies should already have a comprehensive IT management solution in place. Maintaining a proper update strategy can mitigate the risk of exposure.

Syxsense has a diverse set of features that eases the burden of IT management. These features include Discovery, Inventory, Patch Management, Software Distribution, Reports, and more. As updates are released, the console will show which devices need updates.

From there, the patch manager can target those vulnerable devices and a task can be launched to deploy the needed patches. Learn more about securing your environment and start a trial with Syxsense.

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