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Nov 7, 2017

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Protect against Malware

As we’ve just gone through the Governments Cyber Essentials Scheme ourselves, we thought we’d share with you another vital element of the scheme, Malware protection that ensures heightened cyber security.

As soon as your device is connected to the internet you are at a greater risk of receiving a malware infection. This type of computer virus has been developed with malicious intent in mind, and will often be coded in such a way that its primary focus is to infiltrate an entire network. With this in mind, many malware infections, especially those that are done using Brute Force (penetration via a server), can go totally unnoticed until the whole network is affected.

This is not the only way that malware is being spread. In some cases the vector is an email, and uses human interaction to compromise the IT security. Whereas, in other situations it could be an infected website that it uses, and causes maximum disruption.

For a business to remain secure, anti-malware or malware protection software should be installed across all devices that are either connected to the internet or indeed the company’s network. The malware protection will need to be configured, to make sure files, emails and web pages can be scanned and prevent or block users from receiving or accessing anything that looks suspicious.

In addition, it’s really good practice to regularly remind your employees on what to do if they ever receive a suspicious looking email. We recently circulated our self help guide,  ‘Best practices for suspicious emails’ which is a great way to keep your colleagues thinking about email security. Keep them informed of which malware is doing the rounds, what to look out for and what they need to do if they get an email that looks out of the ordinary. It only takes one click on the wrong email and it could literally bring your business to its knees. We’ve even seen an increase in malicious emails seemingly being sent internally from colleagues. Extra care should be taken with these, and if you are unsure, don’t click on any of the links.

Our blog is a brilliant resource and we will always keep you informed of any emerging threats. If you would like to read more about the Cyber Essentials Scheme access our product guide here