Malware is a form of malicious software that cybercriminals deploy via unsafe links, downloaded attachments or other virus-ridden programs with the intention of disrupting normal computing operations, collecting sensitive information and controlling your organization’s technology system resources. Malware programs are being produced at an alarming rate and are consistently changing in form and purpose, making detection and prevention increasingly difficult for organizations across industry lines.
According to recent research, nearly 980 million (and counting) malware programs currently exist, while 350,000 new pieces of malware are discovered each day. What’s worse, an estimated four companies are targeted by a malware attack every minute.
Consider the following guidance to help prevent malware attacks:
- Secure your systems—Take steps to protect your organizational devices from potential malware exposures. This may entail:
- Using a virtual private network (VPN) for all internet-based activities (e.g., browsing and sending emails)
- Installing (and regularly updating) antivirus software on all devices
- Implementing a firewall to block cybercriminals from accessing your organization’s VPN
- Restricting employees’ access to websites that aren’t secure
- Limiting which employees receive administrative controls to prevent inexperienced staff from mistakenly downloading a malicious program
- Educate your employees—Next, be sure to train your employees on how to prevent and respond to a malware attack. Give your staff these tips:
- Avoid opening or responding to emails from individuals or organizations you don’t know. If an email claims to be from a trusted source, be sure to verify their identity by double-checking the address.
- Never click on suspicious links or pop-ups—whether they’re in an email or on a website. Similarly, avoid downloading attachments or software programs from unknown sources or locations.
- Only browse safe and secure websites on organizational devices. Refrain from using workplace devices for personal browsing.
- If you suspect a malware attack, contact your manager or the IT department immediately for further guidance.
- Ensure adequate coverage—Lastly, it’s crucial to secure proper insurance coverage to stay protected in the event of a cyberattack. After all, even with proper cybersecurity measures in place, attacks can still occur.
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