Malware is a problem that weighs on the mind of everyone in a leadership position at a modern business or organization. It seems like every passing year brings new threats posed by hackers and other malicious “actors” online. The good news is that there are steps you can take to protect yourself by detecting this malware before it evolves into an expensive dilemma for your organization.
What Risk Does Malware Present?
Because just about every business or organization relies on technology for at least some aspect of their operations, malware poses a threat to nearly everybody. Both private organizations and government agencies have suffered from high-profile malware attacks in recent years. If any aspect of your organization or business involves the use of an internet-connected device, you run the risk of malware interrupting your day-to-day operations.
The effects that malware can have on your business or organization are multifaceted. First, you lose time, resources, and potential productivity with downtime that malware causes for your systems and the effort that you put into rectifying the problem. Fixing the problem may also involve incurring steep expenses that hurt your bottom line. Taking preventative steps before a problem arises is much less costly than addressing the issue after an attack has already occurred.
Different Types of Malware
Malware attacks can take several different forms. Some common malware programs include keyloggers, which transmit a recording of the keystrokes on a computer to a third party so that passwords and other sensitive information can be logged. Another type of malware program is what is called trojan malware, which presents itself as a beneficial piece of software to encourage somebody to download it, only to perform a harmful function once installed onto a system.
One of the most pervasive forms of malware that has made headlines worldwide over the last few years is ransomware. This malware is often delivered through malicious emails. Once installed into your network, ransomware encrypts your files and locks out the infected devices. Attempts to open these devices show only a lock screen with instructions on how to make payments to the hacker behind the ransomware. You may face a temporary or permanent loss of access to critical data as a result.
How Malware Detection Can Help
There are a number of steps you should take to mitigate the threat that malware poses to your business or organization. Making sure that everyone who uses your network knows the best practices for staying safe online is a good first step to take. Adding an extra degree of protection by equipping yourself with the software necessary to recognize threats so that you can react accordingly is another excellent way to protect yourself from the danger that malware poses.
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