Meet the Villains Stalking Your Workplace

Posted on Oct 11, 2018

Malicious attackers are orbiting cyberspace, looking for their next victims. They go from organization to organization, poking holes: Who’s vulnerable? Who’s an easy target to steal data, identities, money, and more?

This is why a culture of cybersecurity in your organizations is so critical. Your employees should maintain the highest standards of online behavior to help safeguard their business. A good team is always on the lookout for villains. A good team is full of everyday heroes who protect their organization from these five villainous characters!

 

 

Meet Botnet: A botnet is a group of compromised devices controlled by a bad actor. They’re often used to deliver spam and carryout DDOS attacks. Botnets have the collective computing power to act as a force multiplier for groups looking to disrupt or break into targets’ systems. They have the ability to send large volumes of spam, steal credentials at scale, and spy on people and organizations. 

 

 

Meet Trojan: A trojan pretends to be something useful, but actually opens your systems to chaotic threats like ransomware. A trojan will mislead users of its true intent, often working in the form of fake advertisements or other content designed to be unsuspicious, like a routine form to fill in.  Some Trojans take advantage of a security flaw in older versions of search engines to effectively hide their activity and IP addresses.

 

 

Meet Ransomware: Ransomware is malicious malware that threatens to publish or steal victims’ personal data, or prevents users from accessing their systems until a ransom is paid. Ransomware has grown to be one of the biggest problems on the web. The infection often starts with someone clicking on what looks like an innocent link or attachment, then turns into a disaster for companies of all sizes when vital files and documents are suddenly inaccessible and/or held for ransom.

 

 

 Meet Worm: When a worm gets into your system, it can replicate itself, spreading malicious software and infecting your entire network. Whereas viruses usually modify or corrupt files on a specifically targeted computer, worms almost always cause at least some harm to the network, even if only by consuming bandwidth.. Some worms are designed only to spread, and do not attempt to change the systems they pass through, others are more harmful.

 

 

Meet Phish: A phishing attack uses email to trick an employee into believing a message is legitimate, and from a trustworthy, or plausible source. The phisher could be someone pretending to be from the employee’s company, or perhaps a company with whom he/she does business. Sometimes the message will describe something the employee either wants or needs, or thinks they are expecting— a request from their bank, for instance. Other examples include HR documents, a shipping confirmation, a request to change a password, or a link or attachment created specifically to deceive an employee. Whatever the masquerade, a sophisticated phishing attempt has the appearance of genuine communication.

 

Now that you’ve met the villains, it’s time to beat the villains! October is Cyber Security Awareness Month. To help spread the word about cyberthreats and staying safe online, NC4® has created an original video game for you to play and share. Check it out!

It’s easy to play!

Use the left and right keyboard arrows to guide your hero. Use the spacebar to fire at incoming cyberthreats. Don’t let any threats—ransomware, trojans, worms, botnets & phishing— get past you. Be careful, because each threat behaves differently! Find the NC4 Power-Up and make every shot count.

You can even choose your difficulty level: Easy, Normal, Legendary and Insane.

Challenge your friends! If you get a high score, leave us your first name and email address for the leaderboard. The top ten high scores at the end of October will win a fun prize!

 

National Cybersecurity Month 2018 is a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure every American has the resources they need to stay safe and secure online, while increasing the resiliency of the nation during widescale cyber threats. The overarching theme this year is that cybersecurity is our shared responsibility and we all must work together to improve our nation's security. These are the key takeaways:

  • We must strengthen the nation's cybersecurity ecosystem
  • Cybersecurity is a cross-cutting, cross-sector challenge, so we must tackle it together
  • Increase and strengthen the cybersecurity workforce across all sectors
  • We must secure critical infrastructure from cyber threats

You can read the whole 2018 cybersecurity awareness “toolkit” here. It’s important that every one of us is aware of the changing digital landscape and takes responsibility for the risk that accompanies new technologies in our globally connected world.

 

Every organization has different cybersecurity needs and vulnerabilities. Threats have evolved to the point where even niche industries and companies can be targeted. Every organization has the responsibility to be cybersecurity aware, which includes finding the right protections for your business systems and understanding how to implement these protections. Let us help you. Contact us today to learn more about NC4 solutions and let’s beat the villains together. Now go play!

 

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