As more and more businesses employ the cloud system, it has opened the floodgates for many new threats – with malware and ransomware prevalent among these threats. As there is a reliance on the cloud to connect your team, there is a greater chance of malware to infect your business as a whole.
One good example is that you are looking for a new member of staff, so you put the job advert on LinkedIn and receive a mass of emails in return with resumes attached. So you place them on the cloud for your HR team to review. Your HR manager happens to open an attachment, and it unfortunately comes with malware. This, in turn, compromises all your cloud data. Now, it’s easy to see why malware security is so important, right?
Implications To Know
With the trend of being available anywhere and anytime, device data accessibility allows malware to easily infect your cloud. As data is forever moving to and fro the cloud, this means there are lots of chances and opportunities for malware to not only compromise your cloud infrastructure but also the data you have on your clients as well as devices. Just one document opened up by mistake could be enough to send your entire data chain tumbling.
Once this occurs, it is anyone’s guess as to how deep the implications reach, but it is almost guaranteed that cloud malware will lead to data breach. As the malware executes, you may find your most sensitive data being extracted illegally, such as client’s financial information. Sometimes, malware will even look for ways to steal access while spreading throughout your network, and more worrying, on your clients’ devices too.
Some malware types operate under a multi-step approach to attacking your cloud where it will gain access then take control of your IT infrastructure to deliver an even more malicious payload to inflict further damage. This could lead to an unprecedented disaster for your business.
Best Practices To Protect Yourself
The number one practice you should ensure that your company follows is to make sure you have back-up and disaster recovery capabilities. If malware has been located then ensure you wipe-clean your systems and restart.
It is essential that you are proactive about your malware security. Sandboxing procedures are another way to halt attacks in their tracks. This is when you execute untested programs or code from untrusted sources without risk of harm to your operating system.
If you notice any spike anomalies or you find data leaving your network when it should not be, you need to act immediately to ensure it is not a malware attack as unauthorized exports can be a sign that malware is under way.
Zero-day protection is another way to combat the threat of malware attacks while static analysis based on risk decision over hundreds of characteristics in a file can identify a threat entirely on how it behaves, thereby ceasing an imminent danger. Or course, you can always work with a cloud provider that has advanced threat protection to protect you and your data in the first place.