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Malware: The Monster That Could Be Lurking on Your Network

Someone imputing their card details into their laptop

October 2, 2018

Cyber-attacks are becoming increasingly common and with high profile attacks, they are being reported widely in the mainstream media. One of the most common threats is malware, and according to a number of studies, as many as 1 in 4 organisations have malware lurking on their network right now!

What is malware?

In simple terms, malware is any type of software written and deployed with the intent of causing harm to data, devices or individuals. The term malware includes many types of cyber threats, such as viruses, Trojans, spyware and ransomware. Each of these operate in a slightly different way but they all have similar goals.

Malware, depending on the type, has the ability to freeze entire systems, corrupt files or simply lurk in the background, gathering information about your online activities and steal information such as passwords and credit card details.

How can the threat be mitigated?

Each form of malware has its own way of infecting and damaging computers and data, and so each one requires a different malware removal method. The implementation of basic cyber security practices and increased employee awareness will help to mitigate threats. However, for malware specifically, it is recommended to install a reputable anti-virus and anti-malware solution.

Unfortunately, sometimes these solutions aren’t even enough as, due to the fast changing threat landscape, there is no such thing as 100% secure.

Eventura have a team of cyber security experts able to help businesses improve their cyber security practices. The team advocates a model of prevent, detect, respond and recover. How this model could work for you depends on your business and risk appetite. To discuss your current security solutions and how you can plan for the future, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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