Proper segregation of a network is one simple line of defense against malicious threats that is very effective. Even the latest security systems won’t always protect your network if it’s not properly set up and segregated into different role based sections. These different sections or VLANS are what help keep your network safe. When carved-out properly an attacker will have to traverse several roadblocks along the way. The key to a properly segregated network is multiple areas with different permissions and roles for each area. This will prevent an attacker who infiltrates the network in one area from obtaining information from another area.
Ransomware made waves this year when it exploded onto the internet in a series of headline-grabbing attacks, all of which were attempts to extort businesses for exuberant amounts of money. The concept of ransomware is simple: install malware that encrypts all the files on a workstation, attempt to spread through saved email addresses, and ultimately force the user to pay a ransom to decrypt their data again. This is textbook extortion, highly illegal, and extremely disruptive to organizations being targeted.
Phishing attacks are proving to be more and more effective in recent months, and a frightening new trend has emerged using a highly useful and trusted software as a method of infiltration. Google Documents or “Google Docs” are heavily used in small businesses due to its flexibility and cloud-based storage, however it is frequently being used to trick employees all over the world into infecting their machines with a range of malware and credential stealers. Google Documents has been a very handy tool for several years now allowing multiple people to work on one project at the same time while keeping track of editing. It’s an incredibly powerful tool.