2017 Will See More Advanced Cyber Attacks Says Panda Security

Cyber attacks

 

Cyber attacks are getting more sophisticated. Hardly a month goes by without another report such as the one that recently hit the NHS.

Companies are being warned to be more and more vigilant as the cyber criminals find new ways of infecting their increasingly connected worlds.

To look at this further and identify the potential weak spots that could be targeted in 2017 and beyond, Panda Security has ranked the most popular attacks of the year and analysed their evolution.

Cybercrime

Cybercriminals focus their efforts on those attacks which can rake in the most profit, using more effective tactics and professionalising their operations in a way that allows them to make quick and easy money in an efficient manner.

Ransomware

This Trojan Horse will take centre stage with regard to cybersecurity and will cannibalise other more traditional attacks that are based on data theft. The pursuit of profit is the primary motivation of cybercriminals, and ransomware is the simplest and most effective way to achieve this. Some things never change: victims of this hijacking malware will have to decide whether to pay, or not, to recover their data. Of course, paying the ransom does not guarantee the total recovery of stolen data.

Companies

The number of attacks directed at corporations will increase, as these attacks become more and more advanced. Companies are already the prime target of cybercriminals, as their information is more valuable than that of private users.

Internet of Things (IoT)

The next cybersecurity nightmare. The technological revolution has ushered in the complete integration of smaller devices into the grid, which can be converted into entryways into corporate networks.

DDoS Attacks

The final months of 2016 witnessed the most powerful DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks in history. These attacks were carried out by bot networks that relied on thousands of affected IoT devices (IP cameras, routers, etc.). 2017 will see an increase in this kind of attack, which is typically used to blackmail companies or to harm their business (by blocking web access, online shopping, etc.).

Mobile Phones

Focusing on one single OS makes it easier for cybercriminals to fix a target with maximal dissemination and profitability. Android users will get the worst of it in the next 12 months.

Cyberwar

The precarious situation with regard to international relations can have huge — and serious — consequences in the field of cybersecurity. Governments will want access to still more information (at a time when encryption is becoming more popular), and intelligence agencies will become still more interested in obtaining information that could benefit industry in their countries. A global situation of this kind could hamper data sharing initiatives in the next year.

MPM Computer Consultancy provides IT Services, Support and Training to sole traders and small businesses in Ipswich. Bury St Edmunds and surrounding villages.

Source: Panda Security

Panda Security Warns of More Advanced Cyber Attacks in 2017

Cyber Ransomware

 

Cyber security continues to be a hot topic, and 2017 is unlikely to be any different.

Panda Security has done an interesting piece of work. They have looked at the most popular cyber attacks of last year and analysed their evolution to see what could be in store in 2017.

Here’s what they found.

Cybercrime

Cyber criminals are interested in one thing – finding the attacks that rake in the most profit and exploiting them to the max. Their increasingly effective tactics and professionalisation of their operations is what is allowing them to make quick and easy money in an efficient manner.

Ransomware

As mentioned, profit is the driving force behind cyber crime, which is why ransomware is a firm favourite. It is the simplest and most efficient way to achieve this. Victims of this hijacking malware face a decision; should they pay or not, to recover their data. Of course, it’s important to bear in mind that paying the ransom does not guarantee the total recovery of stolen data.

Companies

Attacks on large corporations are set to increase. The information stored by businesses is far more valuable to cyber criminals than that of private users, so it’s vital that companies remain vigilant.

Internet of Things (IoT)

Greater connectivity is a Godsend for cyber criminals. This technological revolution has led to the complete integration of smaller devices into the grid, which are converted into entryways into corporate networks.

DDoS Attacks

At the end of 2016, we saw the most powerful DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks in history. Carried out by bot networks, they relied on thousands of affected IoT devices (IP cameras, routers, etc.). This type of attack is likely to increase in 2017, which is typically used to blackmail companies or to harm their business (by blocking web access, online shopping, etc.).

Mobile Phones

Focusing on one single OS makes it easier for cybercriminals to fix a target with maximal dissemination and profitability. Android users will get the worst of it in the next 12 months.

Cyberwar

The precarious situation about international relations can have enormous consequences in the field of cyber security. Governments will want access to more information (at a time when encryption is becoming more popular), and intelligence agencies will become more interested in obtaining information that could benefit industry in their countries. A global situation of this kind could hamper data sharing initiatives in the next year.

If you think this paints a bleak future, you could be right, but only if you fail to take precautions to protect your data. To put your mind at ease, get in touch, and we’ll talk you through your options to make sure you have a trouble free future.

 MPM Computer Consultancy provides IT Services, Support and Training to sole traders and small businesses in Ipswich. Bury St Edmunds and surrounding villages.

Source: Panda Security

 

How Protected is Your Company?

keep data safe

 

One of the biggest headaches you face is keeping your business data safe from prying eyes.

You might think that because you’re not one of the big global players no one would bother about hacking into your systems, but cyberattacks on small businesses are becoming more common.

Data is big business and your clients rely on you to take every possible precaution to keep their personal information safe, so you owe it to them to make sure you’re covered.

Chinks in Your Armour

If you’re reading this thinking, “this doesn’t apply to me, I’ve got it covered,” think again.

Did you know that 25% of tablets and 35% of smartphones used in businesses are not equipped with security software?

Can you in all honesty say you’ve got 100% coverage?

This gap is leaving businesses vulnerable to all sorts of infections and attacks because they can come from anywhere at any time:

  • 39% come from accessing unsecured websites
  • 23% from downloading programs from the internet
  • 19% of malware comes via email

Those are some pretty scary statistics.

So what can you do to protect your business from such attacks?

Small Business Protection

You can protect your business without it costing the earth.

After scouring the marketplace, we recommend that our clients use Panda Security’s Small Business Protection.

It doesn’t cost the earth and offers lightweight, powerful antivirus protection for both new and older PCs. You can download it and enjoy complete protection without having to ask for technical assistance.

They’ve even produced this infographic to help illustrate the benefits of the product. We hope you find it useful.

Panda Security Small Business Protection

For more information about the product, get in touch and we’ll tell you everything you need to know.

MPM Computer Consultancy provides IT Services, Support and Training to sole traders and small businesses in Ipswich. Bury St Edmunds and surrounding villages.