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February 14, 2019
There are countless mistakes an employee or business can make that can potentially lead to a data breach or hacker infiltration. The good news is that the vast majority of these are totally preventable and are chalked up to human error or not being educated enough on cyber security.
The bad news is that there are vulnerabilities that no employee has control over, and instead are the fault of software developers. These are called zero-day vulnerabilities.
A Race To Your Data
A zero-day vulnerability means that a software developers has just noticed a flaw in their code that a hacker could potentially exploit. Once the flaw is detected, we are in the zeroth day, and it becomes a race between that developer, cyber criminals, and your business and any managed service provider you may work with to your company’s data before the flaw is patched. Hopefully the developer or your MSP wins, but that’s not always the case.
Zero-day attacks are so dangerous because they could happen through any piece of software you own and that your business uses. Operating systems, email servers, applications and firewalls can all become vulnerable if a major flaw is discovered. Luckily, there are some preventative and reactive measures you can take to protect yourself from zero-day attacks and the effects thereof.
As with anything pertaining to cyber security, 99 percent of a solid cyber defense foundation is education and attention. If your business hasn’t already, it absolutely must educate every single one of its employees on what not to do with work computers and what behaviors lead to possible cyber threats.
Attention is also massively important. Make sure software and security patches are always up to date. Patches and updates happen in the first place mostly because there were security flaws found in the old code.
However, there is more you can do to add another security net under your cyber defenses.
TOSS C3’s Zero-Day Protection Services (ZPS) is a certified anti-ransomware and anti-virus that also safeguards businesses from zero-day attacks. Most anti-virus detect malware by referring to a database of known threats that they have information on. However, this doesn’t do much against unknown threats or brand new forms of attack, also known as zero-day attacks.
An anti-virus more adapted to zero-day attacks actively looks for suspicious files or changes in data, and is even able to lure the malware out of hiding before immediately quarantining it.
For more information about TOSS C3’s ZPS, as well as our host of other services, check out our Services page and call us anytime at 1-888-884-8677!
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