Cyberheist: The invisible enemy
Its all over the news about cyber-crime. How it is eating into our GDP (2%) and costing the country billions. According to other experts, this is a little over estimated but one thing is for sure, cyber attacks are definitely out there and is a very real threat. There are probably a substantial number of home computers that have been hacked already and are being used to attack other large corporations without the user even knowing.
The problem is that any investigation by the authorities will lead back to your home computer or your address at the office causing unwanted attention, embarrassment and no doubt a loss of time and revenue.
To prevent this type of attack there are a number of measure you need to put in place. Starting with good anti-virus that you pay for. Don’t use the free stuff because you get what you pay for. In addition, a solid firewall appliance rather than relying on either the Windows firewall on your computer / server or the firewall built into your £40 internet router. Surely your business is worth more to you than trying to skimp and save a few hundred pounds over a year?
Trend micro provide a number of free tools to help protect your PC especially the browser itself from getting hijacked. There is no such thing as 100% security because there will always be someone out there with enough time, skill and patience to hack into any network eventually. There is a whole underground network of people with various different motivations hacking websites and companies.
Take a look at the video below to see cyber espionage from an insider’s perspective. See how a group of persistent attackers break through corporate security, explore the network at will and make off with the gold. This video is based on the true story of how a global corporation was hacked, costing the victim more than $60 million.