Malware is more than a thorn in a business' side. It can lead to breaches and sharing of sensitive, financial, or legal information to individuals or syndicates who either sell it or use it for their own purposes. However, how do they infect systems? A new study by CSIS (a security group) over 3 months found that over 30% of infections were due to systems not updating their Windows systems and programs. By simply running Windows Updates and installing patches, this can eliminate the largest percentage of being compromised.
I attended a technical conference last week and among many of the interesting subjects was how nasty the internet has become for PCs. A test was conducted of a Windows XP system with its firewall turned off and no Microsoft or application patches were installed. It was then left untouched by people. By hooking it up to the internet, it had become infected with malware and viruses in less than 15 minutes! Even by turning on the Windows Firewall, the system was still infected in under 150 days untouched by any person interacting with the computer!
Between patches, viruses, updates, malware, spyware, phishing, and socially engineered attacks, how can you keep your company's data safe? Renascence IT Consulting is available to look at your network and machines and make sure that you are prepared for the internet's dark side of the tracks. Contact us for a free on site examination of your business computers.
Renascence IT Consulting has run into many systems that are infected. These often times take time to remove and to make sure that data has not been compromised. This, at the very least, costs businesses money to pay for an employee to not being able to work. At the worst, a company may have just lost information that can be used by rivals or nefarious groups. The sad thing is many of these cases can be prevented with free software and training employees. If you are being brought down by malware, contact us for a free consultation.
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