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Zero Day Attacks – Protecting your Business

October 24th, 2018 by admin in Industry News No Comments »
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A zero-day attack is a cyber attack that has zero days between the time the vulnerability is discovered and the first attack. It is an exploit that exposes vulnerabilities in software or hardware and can create significant problems, well before a business realises something is wrong.

Needless to say, Zero Day attacks can be devastating to a business and pose a serious risk to company data. Vulnerabilities are a result of improper computer or security configurations, which create security holes that cybercriminals can exploit.

Unfortunately, no company or program can fully protect itself entirely against a zero day attack. However, there are some reasonable steps business can take to ensure a high level of protection.

4 steps your business should take now

PREVENTION

Preventative security practices are key. Keeping firewall policies carefully matched to business and application needs. Antivirus software needs to be regularly updated to help block potentially harmful file attachments and patching systems against known vulnerabilities.

PLANNED INCIDENT RESPONSE

Put in a well-planner incident response measures defining roles, procedures and prioritising mission-critical activities to minimise the damage done to the business.

REAL-TIME PROTECTION

Deploy an Intrusion Prevention System (IPS). A network security/threat prevention technology that examines network traffic flows to detect and prevent vulnerability exploits.

PREVENTING MALWARE SPREAD

Limiting access to only those required for essential business needs will help mitigate the spread after the initial infection.

Top tips to help protect your business from zero day attacks.

  • Different access controls and restriction including virtual LANs, firewalls can provide protection against zero day attacks.
  • Don’t install unnecessary software on your computer systems. Every program is a potential source of zero-day vulnerabilities.
  • Restrict privileges for user accounts. This could mitigate the impact of any possible attacks.

Conclusion

Zero-day attack prevention and detection are an extremely difficult challenge facing businesses. Hаving thе рrореr ѕаfеguаrdѕ in place and engaging with IT Security specialists will greatly rеduсе the risks tо critical data аnd ѕуѕtеmѕ.

Protecting your organisation from these kinds of threats require a reactive and proactive approach. At ilicomm technology, we can provide in-depth threat intelligence and a highly flexible managed security service.

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