Cyber-attacks are increasing day by day nowadays. Some of you may know about it or just hearing for the first time. But there are also a quite lot of people that have gone through this experience.
All the business farms or organizations, It doesn’t matter if they are small or big they are at risk. According to forbes.com, there can be approximately $6 trillion losses every year due to cybercrime. That’s a huge amount for any organization.
According to Inc.com, many companies are already losing $400 billion per year to hackers. And to top that, small business farms are becoming bankrupt by paying the huge amount of ransom.
So, if you want to protect your business from this situation, you need to first know a bit about what or how these malware work?
What is a Malware? And how it’s affecting our business?
Malware does not have any specific threats by itself but is used to represent any unwanted software’s that gets installed and performs unwanted third party activities.
As for the theft or cyber-crimes, hackers are using malware to get access to all your data’s stored in your computer and any other device. Then it will infect the entire system of your company’s network stealing all the information’s.
So, once it gathers the information, it sends it to the third party and then it’s usually sold.
So, if anyone in your company’s computer gets infected, all of the computers linked to it will get infected along with it. And that’s scary.
How many types of malware are there?
No matter how small or big your business is, it won’t matter if it gets infected by malware. If you think that you are safe because you have a large business industry, then think again. But first, know a little bit about the types of malware that can hack into your business.
Bank Trojan is a malicious program that is solely planned to gain access to all your private information about your online banking system.
It’s another form of Trojan horse. This malware can act up as it’s a legit program and can fool you into installing it on your computer. And right after installing, the Trojan horse will act up and access all your files and send it to someone else.
Point-of-sale or POS Trojan is another form of malware that tends to target all your card like debit or credit and POS machines. What it does is that it collects all the temporary unencrypted data and stores it in a text file.
Later it sends the file to a third party. But the fact is that this type of malware mainly sells the information rather than using it for their own benefit.
And that’s why it’s more difficult to find them or trace them.
This is the most dangerous type of software among the malware. The hackers use this one to get ahold of any sensitive data or information’s and ask for money in return. They usually come in the form of email attachments, just a click and it’s over.
Sometimes it encrypts your whole system until you pay the ransom. The only way to stop this is to backup all your data.
10 ways you can protect your business from malware
Now comes the part where I’ll tell you how you can protect your business (small or large) from this kind of cyber-attack.
1. You need to develop a policy
If you are a large company and have workers working for you. Then you need to educate them at all cost. You have to develop a policy to maintain the online security of your company.
You should provide all the instructions on how to stay safe and secure. And you should make sure that everyone obeys it.
2. Use the right anti-virus
Not all antiviruses can protect you from cyber-attacks you know. You have to use the right kind of anti-virus made solely for protecting against any malware of sorts. This way they would get spotted easily, and you can avoid this situation with ease.
3. DNS Layer Protection
DNS layer protection would help you to identify and locate the souse of the attack and take precautions from there. You would need your security to stop any ransomware from doing any harm in the first place.
4. Use Restriction Policies
You need to ensure that which areas can be targeted by the ransomware and take necessary precautions. You need to restrict some policies such as not allowing any .exe files to open or execute the programs in certain locations.
5. Secure The Emails
As I said before, malware has a common entry through emails. Your employees may get an email from a trusted source and click it. So, you need to make sure your staff knows about this danger and acts accordingly.
6. Get Rid Of Personal Web-Based Emails
Make sure that your employees are not using their personal email address for company work. Because it would be harder for you to track that and place the right protocols.
7. Make Your Firewall Strong
If one of your machines gets infected by malware, you need to make sure that it doesn’t spare to your whole network. That’s why you need to develop a strong firewall protocol to ensure the protection of other devices.
8. Other Sources
There could be other sources of attack such as a USB device or attachments. So, you need to make sure to scan the device first to get rid of any unwanted program.
9. Get Better IT Services
This would cost you more, but it would ensure the protection you need. Choosing the right IT service is essential. So, you need to design your system accordingly.
10. Don’t Take Risks
Don’t take any risks thinking that you are safe. You never know when an attack might occur. Avoid unnecessary subscription at all cost, scan all the downloads, run programs only from the original source, create a stronger password.
Protecting your business should be your number one priority. Nowadays many companies worldwide are losing money and becoming bankrupt just because of this cyber-attack. You never know when an attack might occur. So if you want your company to grow, you should definitely take necessary precautions to avoid malware.
About the Author:
Rohit Langde is an internet entrepreneur who is now running an up and coming new anti-malware product called MalwareFox.