Today it is increasingly common for malware attacks to occur in all types of companies, regardless of their size. We believe that having antivirus in the company is more than enough.
One of this malicious software’s most frequent actions is data hijacking, also known as ransomware. Once they have hijacked your company data, they will ask you for a ransom in which the payment will be, for example, with Bitcoins. It is possible to recover the data, but it is also possible for them to attack again.
Although we already know that achieving the maximum possible security is very complicated, we can adopt security policies that help protect the company against APTs (Advanced Persistent Threats) and zero-day attacks. Having a good antivirus is an important thing, but today, it takes much more to keep your company protected.
Is it enough to have only the antivirus?
Yes, most attacks and infections are based on phishing or identity theft, all by sending emails.
Malicious scripts are one of the methods that, despite being one of the most common to use, are often difficult for the user to appreciate. These scripts are pieces of code, generally hidden in totally legal websites, whose purpose is to divert traffic from that website to others; users also use them to download files they do not want.
They are inserted into the codes of the websites employing concealment so that the antivirus cannot detect them, and anonymous attackers usually insert them.
The antivirus cannot protect the computer from new or unknown malware since it is usually based on signatures and may not have recognized the significance of the zero-day malware.
Although they have improved in many ways, it is still insufficient protection to protect a company’s electronic devices.
What are exploits?
These tiny programs take advantage of the weaknesses of various devices’ applications or systems.
Typically, they used to be found in Java or Flash. Still, today we can already see them in PDF readers, office applications and even on mobile devices with the Android operating system.
Disadvantages of only having your company protected with antivirus
It is expected that an antivirus can give false alarms if the malicious code somewhere matches the principle of a completely normal file. Also, if you have a free version of the antivirus, it is common for the alerts to be accompanied by a lot of advertising, which nobody likes.
It does not fully protect
Using an antivirus does not fully guarantee the protection of your company since it can only detect specific threats, leaving many others unidentified and exposing your computer.
If your computer has an antivirus installed and used, the speed of the computer will likely be significantly reduced. This is because the antivirus uses many memory resources on the hard drive.
Implemented in software
An antivirus is unable to detect threats in hardware or the cloud.
Limited to detection threats
The most common is that an antivirus uses only the virus detection method by scanning when there are many other techniques to identify a more significant number of potential threats.
Does not make complete reports
Most antiviruses do not prepare a detailed report to be studied by specialists and simply limit themselves to detecting the threat.
Now you know the importance of having your company well protected from attacks and why an antivirus is not enough protection.
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