When you partner with Be Structured, our goal is to bridge the gap between your network and security strategies for a seamless IT solution. As part of our comprehensive cybersecurity package, we incorporate the latest in antivirus and antimalware software into your network operations. Tired of constant antivirus and antimalware software notifications haranguing your team throughout the workday? We take care of all updates, patches, and upgrades during your team’s off hours, so software never slows them down again.
There are a variety of different types of viruses and malware. Many people lump these threats together under the vague concept of malware. That can actually lead to thinking of these types of attacks as less threatening than what they truly are because it’s so undefined. Once you understand what types of threats are out there, it’s easier to understand how they can harm your business. Here are some of the most common cyber attacks that fall under the umbrella of malware:
Viruses – While most people think of viruses as something separate, they are definitely a type of malware. Viruses aren’t actually that common anymore, but they are still out there. A virus is the only malware that actually infects and damages files. This makes it difficult to deal with them because the actual file has to be cleansed and then repaired.
Ransomware – Ransomware is one of the most dangerous types of malware, and it’s also one that many people don’t know about until they fall victim to it because it is newer than other malware. Ransomware infects the entire computer or network and encrypts everything. Users are unable to access their information or even log in. They receive a message that they have to pay to get access to their information, but there’s no guarantee that those who do pay the ransom will have access restored.
Spyware – This type of malware doesn’t do anything immediately malicious, but it does hide in your computer and log everything a person does. This means it copies all of their keystrokes, including their usernames and passwords. This information is then sent to the hacker, giving them access to your network.
Adware – Adware may seem harmless in comparison to some other types of malware, but it’s still dangerous. Many pieces of adware contain spyware. Others redirect browsers to phishing webpages in an attempt to learn usernames, passwords, and other account details. Adware also tends to greatly slow down computers, especially those that have several pieces of adware on them.
Trojans – Some programs look legitimate, but they hide malicious coding within them. These trojan horse programs are one of the oldest forms of malware, but they’re still used today, and they’re still incredibly dangerous. Some of the best trojans are nearly indistinguishable from legitimate programs and can fool even experienced IT experts. Once the trojan is installed, the hidden code activates and begins stealing information, encrypting files, or disabling your security systems.
Fileless Malware – One of the newer and deadlier types of malware is fileless malware. This malware doesn’t infect files or file systems. Instead, it exists in memory or in non-file objects used by the operating system. From there, it can infect programs that are running or use operating system tools to do a number of different malicious things. These attacks are more difficult to detect, too, since they’re not in files.
Our antimalware and antivirus solutions are grounded in Webroot and are supported by the built-in Windows Defender platform and for our MSSP customers also include advanced threat detection, windows hardening, a SIEM, and 24×7 SOC. No matter how your team uses computers and other network devices, we can customize a security solution around their day-to-day tasks. At the same time, our cybersecurity experts take pride in remaining ahead of the latest security threats and developments to ensure your organization stays one step ahead of cybercriminals. Whether you use mostly mobile devices that connect via WiFi, have a wired desktop computer in every office, or use a mixture of the two, we can craft a security solution that keeps everything locked down and secure. These security solutions are designed to evolve with both your company and with new forms of attack so they can quickly be adapted when needed.
As the first part of our cybersecurity development process, we clarify all of your industry-specific threats and operational vulnerabilities. Even if you’ve done this before, it’s important that we audit your security ourselves because we bring a different perspective to it. As an outside party, we may see things your team hasn’t caught before. We may also find vulnerabilities that have only recently been discovered that your IT team simply hasn’t had the time to learn about yet. An outside perspective may find weaknesses in what appears to be even the most secure network.
By pinpointing your network’s strengths and weaknesses, our team is able to solidify any seams in your defenses while optimizing performance. From deploying systems that protect your network from ransomware to training your team to identify social engineering tactics used by cybercriminals, Be Structured ensures your team has the tools to stay protected in today’s connected world.