Three threats every company needs to pay attention to

How much damage can a virus really cause? Do hackers really steal data and identities and wreck computers?

Run by masters of disguise and manipulation, these threats constantly evolve to find new ways to annoy, steal and harm. Arm yourself with information and resources to safeguard your company against these complex and growing threats and stay safe online.

Here are three of the most common and dangerous threats that every company needs to be aware of:

Emails that carry threats

Email has an almost central role in companies today, forming a core part of communication with customers, providers, services, etc. It also enables workers to share information within the company. Corporate email accounts are usually one of the main channels for receiving malicious code and spreading various types of threats that use this form of communication.

Spammers around the world continue to send millions of unsolicited emails, clogging inboxes and infecting computers with malicious code.

To counter this, Motherboard recommends having a good email filter, such as Cleanse IT – Anti-Spam Email Security.

Cleanse IT provides a strong first-line defence against spam and malware carried in your email. And it provides this defence in the cloud, meaning that the spam and malware doesn’t get anywhere near your IT infrastructure.

Ransomware

Ransomware is one of the most frustrating threats to face large, medium and small companies across the globe. Ransomware is a kind of malware that takes your files hostage. It’s exactly like in a movie where a bad guy takes someone and threatens them in return for money, except that here your computer is taken hostage by a faceless bad guy. An infection with this type of malicious code can leave an organisation’s vulnerable points exposed. Whether companies perform the configuration of antivirus solutions or undergo frequent security reviews, an attack of this kind means the very continuation of the company’s business is under threat, depending on what information is hijacked.

Because the threat of ransomware isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, it’s imperative that both individual users and enterprises leverage best practices for protection. This includes being aware of the most current threats and attack strategies, and maintaining an especially watchful eye for suspicious emails, attachments, links and websites.

Exploits

The exploitation of software vulnerabilities is another way that malicious code is spread, mainly through office applications, browsers, and websites. The challenge regarding the flaws in applications or browsers is that if users fail to update a vulnerable application, or where no patch yet exists, companies can remain exposed to threats.

For both Ransomware and Exploits threats, Motherboard highly recommends ESET, currently the leading anti-virus software in the Irish market.

This cutting-edge software detects and disables viruses, trojans, worms, adware, spyware, phishing, rootkits and other internet threats – and has a far better detection rate than other similar software offerings.

A great asset with this software is that it has an extremely small system footprint, meaning that users of ESET will not experience a slowdown when running this program!