Data protection and security should be at the forefront for any business manager or owner. The risk of unauthorised access to company data and confidential information has become an increasing concern for business owners. Malware has become a major threat to any business, with technological advancements and the malware developers becoming more sophisticated and better funded, companies must ensure they use a corporate backup procedures to protect their company from any such attack.
Malware is able to infect most devices including desktop computers, servers, network and mobile devices, malware attacks can disable operating systems, steal data and lock files. However a worrying feature of recent attacks is that the malware will sit unnoticed on the client server for a period of time, and upon execution self-replicate to connected devices and computers. This makes this particular malware very damaging and extremely difficult for the company to protect itself from.
Due to the very nature of the extremely dangerous malware threat it makes the installation of endpoint antimalware protection even more important than ever.
The statistics for malware attacks are frightening; the increases year on year attacks dictates that every effort must be made to protect the company and its data from these criminal acts. Also, with the advent of mobile devices it means the control of the IT department is diminished and the system controls are only as strong as the weakest link.
In 2014 there were approximately 15 million mobile devices infected with malware, about 60% of these devices were using the Android operating system.
Smaller companies may find the investment requirements very difficult to absorb to protect their businesses to an acceptable level; however it could be argued that they cannot afford not to implement malware protection.
Many medium sized companies find themselves in a position where employees, may use their own technology at home to continue working outside office hours. This can be a very exposed position for the company; because the company security may be compromised by the level of security an employee has available to their own technology.
The security requirements for a large company are also extremely challenging, whilst the IT department may have a substantial budget to protect the company, it does not mean that it is fully protected from criminal attacks. Any IT protection is only as good as its weakest link, malware is extremely cunning and devious and as soon as an infected link or website is clicked on the internal security of the organisation is compromised.
There are no business communities that are not at risk from malware attacks, the best any organisation can do is ensure that the technology has investment, the software is up-to date and staff training ensures that employees understand the risk involved with a malware attack.