Malicious email is probably the most well-known form of virus distribution. In the 1990s, cyber criminals persuaded unassuming emails users to open emails that included code or links that could cause harm to computer systems. Fast-forward 20 years and you'll see that the Internet and email aren't the only things that have become significantly more advanced: hackers have as well.
According to Forbes, 30,000 websites are flagged each day for distributing malicious code to visitors. A lot of these sites are small businesses who don't have the resources or know-how to identify the code and put an end to it. By allowing this transference to happen, your company is suffering in several ways, not the least of them sales and search engine rankings.
There is good news as well. Resources are available to stop malware from affecting your site and attacking visitors, repair the damage, and prevent it from targeting your company again in the future.
First, your company's leaders and its employees need to understand the importance of keeping corporate devices clear of malicious code. This goes beyond not looking at inappropriate sites during work, but also includes:
- keeping unauthorized (personal) devices from connecting to the company servers, network, and database;
- installing antivirus and malware identification programs on all company devices;
- limiting network Internet access to only trusted sites;
- using company devices (smartphones, computers, laptops, notebooks, etc.) for business purposes only;
- reporting stolen or lost devices immediately;
- maintaining an active role in identifying and removing email that could be spam or phishing.
Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)
Implementing an SSL can keep data secure that passes between a web browser and a web server or a mail client and mail server. A secure sockets layer is a security protocol that is utilized nearly everywhere on the Internet, such as email, online shopping, online registration, membership renewals and more. It is the SSL that keeps vital information – like credit card numbers, login information, social security numbers – secure and confidential through encryption. Web users can identify websites that incorporate SSL through the lock-shaped icon, green address bar, or https URL prefix.
It is imperative that your company enforces a server firewall. This type of software monitors server activity and identifies threats in real time. Unlike computer scans and malware identification programs, a firewall is always active unless it is turned off. Much of the firewall process goes unnoticed because the software blocks threats instantly. There are a number of configurations for firewalls, and Online Potential can work with your company to identify which setup is best for your sensitive data.
Online Potential's website security analysis can identify weak points in your company's standard operating procedures as well as online behaviors. We tech experts are up-to-date on industry standards so that we can ensure your company is performing the necessary security updates to keep your business and your clients secure. Our analysis also includes immediate actions to take to repair damage as quickly as possible while implement safeguards to prevent future attacks.