Posts Tagged ‘anti-virus’

Modern Threats Require Modern Defenses

Posted on: June 25th, 2019 by billp | No Comments

Small businesses increasingly face the same cybersecurity risks as larger businesses but with fewer resources to protect themselves. In fact, according to the 2018 State of Cybersecurity in Small & Medium Size Businesses study by the Ponemon Institute:

  • 67% of small and medium-sized businesses have been affected by a cyberattack
  • 82% of attacks were not caught by traditional antivirus software
  • 61% of SMBs have been attacked by ransomware
  • 70% paid the ransom at an average of $1,466 per incident

Worse yet, between 2017 and 2018:

  • Data breaches are up by 4%
  • Cyberattacks are up by 6%
  • Ransomware incidents are up by 9%

We can expect these numbers to increase when the 2019 figures are tallied. The fact is that the problem is only getting worse; it’s not a matter of “if” but “when.”

The traditional concept of “antivirus software,” which arose with the first products released in 1987, started to enter obsolescence sometime early this decade. Industry leaders first began noticing the decline around 2012 when the volume of malware samples began to outstrip the ability of antivirus vendors to write new signatures to block the malware. Both the volume and sophistication of malware has continued to increase exponentially; it’s estimated that there are now 350,000 new variations of malware per day.

To make matters worse, malware and ransomware are a valuable criminal enterprise, incentivizing the cybercriminals to try harder. Aside from ransomware payments made, ransomware damages are predicted to reach $11.5 billion in 2019. Ransomware costs include damage and destruction (or loss) of data, downtime, lost productivity, post-attack disruption to the normal course of business, forensic investigation, restoration and deletion of hostage data and systems, reputational harm, and employee training in direct response to the ransomware attacks.

New threats require new solutions. Any product that attempts to protect the endpoint (desktop, laptop, etc.) in this era of vulnerability and risk can’t just target present threats – it must also be future-proof.

Enter Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) solutions, which target malware behavior instead of identity. The number of malware behaviors is considerably smaller than the number of ways a malicious malware might look, making this approach suitable for prevention and detection.

Consider this analogy. Security professionals (e.g. soldiers, police, guards, etc.) might stop someone and ask for identification. If an ID is provided, is that it? Is any criminal with an ID guaranteed to bypass security? The answer is no. Thankfully, well-trained security professionals receive extensive training to help them spot suspicious behavior which may indicate that someone is not who they say they are.

EDR solutions are the well-trained security professional for your network, providing the following sophistication protections and many more:

  • Real-time protection for known and unknown threats
  • Protection from polymorphic and disguised threats
  • Watches processes as they run in case they “turn bad”
  • Allows quick rollback to a known good state when an attack does occur

Are you ready to have a well-trained security professional guarding your network 365x24x7? Contact the security professionals at Colden Company at 888-600-4560, email us, or visit us on Facebook or Twitter.

Microsoft Security Essentials Fails

Posted on: December 7th, 2012 by billp | No Comments

Colden Company used to recommend Microsoft Security Essentials (MSE) to our smaller customers. It was a good product, was free for smaller business use, and was effective in protecting Windows PCs from viruses and other malware. Unfortunately, this former favorite doesn’t seem to be as effective as it once was.

According to AV-TEST GmbH, a German security firm that specializes in evaluating endpoint security software, MSE is no longer effective and has lost AV-TEST’s seal of approval. As reported by Redmondmag.com, “Security Essentials was only able to spot 64 percent of zero-day malware attacks during September and October. This is down from the previous testing period in which Microsoft’s antivirus was able to spot 69 percent of zero-day threats. Still, this is well below the industry average detection  rate of 89 percent. As for vulnerabilities that have been out in the open for a few months, Security Essentials did a bit better — it was able to halt 90 percent of known attacks. Still, this is below the industry-average 97 percent.” Read the full report for more information.

Why risk your business data and security to sub-par software? Colden Company offers Remote Monitoring and Management (RMM) with Managed Anti-Virus (MAV) for Windows PCs. Not only will your business be protected by award-winning security technology, your business PCs will be monitored for any of a number of hardware and software problems, will be automatically maintained, and your business be backed by Colden’s team of customer service-minded engineers who are ready to deal with any problems before they can cause damage or risk. Contact us for more information today, and start protecting your business today.







Stepping up Security

Posted on: April 30th, 2012 by jiml | No Comments

In today’s digital age, securing your critical information – whether it be personal information or business information – is increasingly difficult. Threats are increasing both in number and in complexity and sophistication. Threats can come from individuals, groups, companies, or even governments.  In January, a Venezuelan diplomat launched a cyber attack here in the United States, aimed at disrupting our nuclear industry.   

U.S. authorities probing alleged cyberattack plot by Venezuela, Iran

Many customers have asked us about the real risk to their network.  “Why would a hacker target my business?” they ask.  Our answer is that hackers probably are not specifically targeting your business, but hackers will scan IP address ranges for weaknesses; when they find one, they attempt to exploit it to see what information they can get.  Prior to the scan, they may have no idea it is your business they are targeting, but nonetheless, hackers are an opportunistic bunch. If your business happens to have open ports on its firewall , unpatched servers or workstations, or even workstations with weak passwords, it is a matter of time before those weaknesses are exploited. According to the Department of Homeland Security, an unprotected computer connected to the Internet will become infected in a matter of minutes – not hours or days or weeks. You don’t have to be surfing the Internet to become infected; you just have to have a weakness through which your computer can become infected.

As you can see, security is paramount.  Last month we spoke about the need to protect your smartphones. A layered approach to security is required to protect your business.  Firewalls are a must, preferably hardware firewalls that do not rely on users’ input (allow or disallow access) for configuration like many software firewalls.  Additional layers of protection are necessary since most firewalls will have open ports (which need to be properly secured) for typical business traffic.  Hackers understand this as well, so it is important to have additional layers of protection such as anti-spam and anti-virus protection and software firewalls.  Strong password policies are also critical for protection. Don’t allow your business users to have local administrator privileges; is it is not necessary. Have policies in place to prevent infections or breaches and also with how to deal with those breaches of security.

Colden Company Inc. offers our customers services where we can help detect hacking attempts, perform penetration testing to ensure your network is locked down from the Internet, be notified immediately of virus infections (even for laptops out in the field), and be notified of patching deficiencies for Microsoft and third-party software. We can backup your critical data to a secure off-site location to protect you from losses. We can provide you with best-of-breed anti-spam solutions and email continuity solutions. These services are becoming a necessity as the digital age will continue to become more dangerous.  Ask us how we can help your business protect itself from the ever-increasing threats. Please contact us at (888) 600-4560, email us at info@coldencompany.com or see us on Facebook or Twitter.







Protect Your Technology Infrastructure with Managed Anti-Virus

Posted on: October 28th, 2011 by jiml | No Comments

The technology environment in today’s world puts us all at risk.  Threats are coming at us from so many different angles.  We have to protect ourselves and our businesses against viruses, malware, identity theft, phishing scams and more.  There is no single solution to fully protect you against the myriad of threats.  A tiered approach to security is the best approach.  The topic of this blog posting is centered on one of those tiers, workstation (desktop, laptop, etc.) protection.  It is no secret that hackers and spammers are targeting peripheral devices at an increasing rate since most businesses spend a majority of their security efforts on their server environments and base infrastructures.  Hackers find it easier to gain access to end points that have access to business critical information, such as desktops and, increasingly, smart phones and other mobile devices.

Are you sure that all of your workstations are clean of viruses? Is the status of the virus definitions being proactively monitored to be sure your workstations are protected against the volume of new threats that are coming out each week – or even day? Colden Company Inc. is proud to announce an extension of our RMM (Remote Monitoring and Management) service, which now extends to the workstation and includes managed anti-virus.  The same quality and reliability we have offered on our customers’ servers can now be take advantage of at the workstation level.

Our service can monitor your workstations for hardware problems, services status, disk space issues, event log errors, hacking attempts as well as virus protection status and virus definition monitoring.  If one of your PCs has a virus, our Network Operations Center will be notified so remediation can occur immediately, reducing your risk and reducing the likelihood of damage from that virus.  We also monitor your virus definitions to make sure they are up-to-date, preventing viruses from accessing your workstations in the first place. Your computers keep running at optimal levels and allow your business to concentrate on running your business – not worrying about viruses.

The great benefits from this service do cost money to implement, and in difficult economic times this is no small consideration. However, what if we told you that the price of this service is comparable to your current anti-virus subscriptions but includes all of the above listed additional benefits? Contact us today to find out how we can implement this smart service for your business today. Reach us at (888) 600-4560 by phone, info@coldencompany.com via email, see us on Facebook , or on Twitter @coldenco.