Cyber Attack Trends to Watch out for

With all new technology trends come new cyber attack trends. According to an article in TechRepublic.com, 90 million attacks will hit tech users in a year and 70 percent of them will go unnoticed! Because of this, we have searched for the patterns of cyber attacks to be on the look out for years to come. Here is what we found:

Ransomware will continue to rise:

There have been many cases of ransomware in the past and they are expected to rise as a security problem in taking advantage of vulnerable servers. A large part of the reason for its rise is because this is one of the easiest ways of getting confiscated data back; you just pay the ransom.

Rise in attacks on Industrial Control Systems:

Let’s face it; many of our Industrial Control Systems are past the outdated stage of technology. Because these outdated systems were not designed with cyber security in mind, they are expected to be a security issue for the future.

More Sophisticated Spear Phishing:

With more sophisticated spear phishing, it will be more difficult to tell which emails should be avoided from those that are legitimate. Spear phishing emails are no longer as simple as a scam link being sent and asking to be clicked on. They are disguised as important business/company emails.

Hacking on Internet of Things:

Because the Internet is being applied in every device, even those, which were not originally built to connect online, many every-day appliances are expected to be hit with cyberattacks. These devices can be anything from an app-controlled coffee maker to self-driven vehicles. With these devices, privacy is limited once they are hacked. Hackers can get access to your home and business through these technologies.

Simply being aware of these cyber attack trends is not enough. Security measures need to be taken in order to prevent such attacks. For information on how to get ahead of these attacks, contact M&H Consultants!

Antivirus vs. Antimalware

There is a lot of confusion about what exactly are antivirus and antimalware, and what which one works best. Well in order to find out what their purposes are, we must clear out what viruses and malware actually are.

A virus is a code within a program that can copy itself over and can cause damage to a computer by corrupting the system and, even, destroying data.

Malware, on the other hand, is a general word for any malicious infection. This includes Trojans, Spyware, worms, adware, ransomware, and (you guessed it) viruses.

Now that this is cleared out, you are probably wondering why antivirus exists when antimalware can take care of it. Well, let’s get into the differences between these two security software.

Antivirus software was created during the uprising of computers and the Internet. Therefore, this security software was created to tackle older forms of infections, like Trojans, viruses and worms. They are programmed to protect computer users from any traditional malware that are predictable and, still, dangerous.  

Opposite to antivirus, antimalware was created more recently as newer threats began to rise. These malware tend to be much less predictable since new ones are constantly being created and released at high speeds. Antimalware seeks out for more dangerous threats than those that antivirus programs are used to handling.

With that said, if you are wondering which one should be used, the answer is both. You want to protect your computer from all malware, whether it is predicted or unpredicted.

If you need more advice on which antivirus and/or antimalware programs are best, contact M&H for help!

Dangers of Installing Third-Party Programs

There are so many helpful and inexpensive programs out in the cyber world that it becomes difficult to avoid installing them, especially when it is meant to create efficiency. Why would you pass on that offer? Well, there are actually many reasons why you should think twice before downloading one. Third-party programs can become a serious security problem.

When you install a third-party program, you do not have any real control over what goes on with that programming system. In other words, you have no actual way of managing such program’s security risks. Third-party software’s vulnerability is mainly security compromises and once these are exploited, breaches occur. Many times, companies tend to overlook these security issues because they are more likely to examine those dealing with confidential data. By doing this, a blind spot is created giving hackers a leeway into the company’s system. These issues tend to become more prevalent as the software speeds up the business process.

Aside from a third party software containing weaknesses and giving leeway to hackers, there are other security risks that can come from these programs. The program could have unmaintained codes. With something like this, the program can fail at doing what it is intended to. Its performance and functionality would be obstructed. Because you have no control over the system, you also are at risk of having security holes that are not being taken cared of as quickly or effectively as it should be. If your company is using Open Source Software (OSS) where multiple suppliers are adding or deleting certain codes, it can create a compromised system.

If your company uses Open Source Software, it does not mean you’re using a bad program. The truth is that they can be effective software to have, but in order to know if you are downloading the right program, you need a person of expertise to analyze the program. If you are looking for a software program to service a specific need in your business but don’t know which are the safest to use, contact M&H Consulting.