Your business should implement proactive monitoring, which keeps an eye on software usage over a network and can help determine that which is malicious and that which is normal.
Anything beyond the normal is flagged, and from there security protocols are invoked. And that's where Los Angeles IT support experts can help. They can also help you watch for non-malware attacks, which can hide inside operations that look otherwise normal. Your business must understand what non-malware attacks look like and how to offset them.
An Example of Non-Malware Hacking
In a nutshell, a non-malware attack is a hacker using tools to cleverly manipulate a system's built-in hardware protocols for the means of cybercrime. It often looks something like this:
- An employee sees a message that prompts them to go to a certain website on a third-party browser like Firefox. Usually, this is spam that has been disguised.
- Once on the cyber criminal's page, Flash loads - a program with near-endless vulnerabilities.
- Through Flash, cybercriminals contact an OS tool programmed into all Windows devices called PowerShell, then feeds instructions to that tool.
- PowerShell connects to a server of the 'command-and-control' variety, and then a script that is designed to steal information is downloaded and the information is sent to the cybercriminal.
This is only one example. As it turns out, there are many other non-malware attack strategies, and they are on the rise. Los Angeles IT support professionals cannot afford to ignore non-malware attacks for this reason, so they are more likely to be up-to-date on the kinds of attacks that are developing.
The Social Engineering Approach
This is technically a hacking attack without malware--- or a non-malware attack. The truth is there are a thousand different ways to hack a business without even using a line of malicious code. In order to overcome that kind of thing, you need the assistance of an MSP that understands what's going on, what to look for, and how to protect against it. For example, you could use multi-phase security, wherein a password must be sent to a cellphone in order to access an account. You've got to think ahead of the hackers, and MSPs can help you do that.
Securing Your Business
We at Vitalpoints can help you protect your business from multiple angles. Contact our Los Angeles IT support team to secure your business against not just malicious programming, but malicious hacking techniques which otherwise go entirely unnoticed.