Today, cybersecurity is more than antivirus

Today, cybersecurity is more than antivirus


Welcome to ThreeShield’s anti-antivirus business security break and why antivirus isn’t protecting you from 77% of the attacks that compromised 53% of businesses last year. I started in cyber security at the turn of the last millennium during the heyday of viruses like Melissa, Code Red, and “I Love You.” Back then, almost all attacks were viruses that tricked victims into opening them, so antivirus security awareness training and security patches were the main things that we cared about — other than protecting sensitive data. It took a lot to convince someone that they shouldn’t open attachments from strangers professing their love back then. In 2017, only 33 percent of successful cyber breaches fall into that category. That’s still enough to keep antivirus relevant but it’s also enough to remember that antivirus alone isn’t the solution. Remember last year’s WannaCry ransomware? It took out hundreds of thousands of business computers. Advanced solutions like Trend Micro’s XGen and Sophos’ Intercept X can now recognize ransomware like WannaCry by its behavior and companies with comprehensive patching strategies that patch within a couple of weeks of Microsoft’s releases weren’t vulnerable at the time. However, many companies that were using traditional antivirus were waiting for their antivirus to update as WannaCry spread around the world to 57,000 computers in 150 countries in its first day alone. Even those with advanced protection for part of their company were breached through other areas. Once WannaCry was in the company network, there was no stopping it. The companies that didn’t get it didn’t rely on antivirus alone though. In addition to patching, in-depth vulnerability assessments support companies and eliminating many things like vulnerable services that WannaCry exploited that, frankly, many companies didn’t need enabled. Properly configured firewalls can also prevent ransomware from worming its way into networks and reaching mission-critical computers like point-of-sale systems if an employee’s laptop gets infected. For many small and medium businesses, these are really quick and inexpensive changes; however, they’ll keep you protected from the 77% of successful cyber attacks that antivirus miss. Click the circle to subscribe to our channel for more security tips and click the next video to learn how to use modern backup and failover solutions to keep your business running.

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