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What are disruptive cyber threats?

Malicious software that is created and deployed with the intent of damaging and disrupting critical business functions. The most frequent example, Ransomware, is used by cyber criminals to cryptographically lock and hold files and/or access to computer resources for a monetary ransom. Additional forms of disruptive malware include cryptojacking or using an unauthorized computer to mine cryptocurrency, and any unauthorized software that enables unauthorized control, degradation, or loss of service to a system or computing resource. Disruptive Malware can have a long and lasting effect on business operations.

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Preventing Malware Delivery

Malware is often delivered to host systems via web and email. Leveraging threat intelligence to help identify malicious websites via DNS lookups provides a basic security hygiene approach to ensuring your web traffic is not directed to sites that could contain malware. Email security technology will also help protect against receiving email from malicious domains and with weaponized attachments.

End User Awareness

End-User Awareness

If the controls you had in place were not able to prevent the malicious payload from reaching the end system, it is important to have the users/operators of that system trained to help identify suspicious websites, email and attachments and subsequently educated to not open, click, or install anything that may be suspicious.

Detecting Malware

Detecting Malware

The endpoint or host can provide the next level of protection against installation of disruptive malware by employing an endpoint agent that is capable of detecting when malware installation has been invoked and will identify the behavior, stop the installation, and report the necessary activities to the IT security team for further processing and recovery actions.

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Empowering Recovery

The biggest challenge in cyber security today is that no solution is 100% effective at preventing cyber-attacks. In the event critical data sets or systems have been encrypted and rendered unusable by malicious software, it is important to invoke a response process that will help identify and contain the malware outbreak and restore normal business operations.

What Impact Could a Malicious Cyber Attack Have?

  • The loss of business continuity can put critical services in jeopardy.
  • Healthcare organizations have substantial impact to life and safety if necessary systems are not online.
  • Municipalities may suffer from inability to provide critical services and put community safety at risk.
  • Utilities may suffer inability to deliver power, water or other highly dependent resources.
  • All organizations risk a significant impact on brand reputation and/or financial losses.
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