Successful, secure organizations must take an aggressive, pre-emptive posture if they want true data security.
Cybercriminals are always works in progress. Their knowledge and ability to bypass security systems are constantly advancing. As they gain knowledge, they develop and implement sophisticated impersonation methods that are proving increasingly adept at evading detection and gaining access to secure data. This happens as many of their targets fail to adequately upgrade their security solutions to detect and protect against them. Currently, cybercriminals have many soft targets, and they know what to do to penetrate their systems. This climate that works in favor of the attacker underscores how organizations, as potential targets, need to rethink their approach to data and system security.
One of the most common approaches a cybercriminal takes is to present as an employee or friend of the organization under attack. This is the path of least resistance for introducing malicious code to a system disguised as a trusted application. In this way, and without the proper, updated security protocol in place, hackers fly under the radar to access sensitive information and even extract money. The cost can be steep for an enterprise that is breached in this way. A loss of assets can be crippling, as can the perceived loss of reputation. As these attacks become more common, organizations must prepare and have a modern, flexible security strategy in place that incorporates several layers of security.
How Do Hackers Introduce Malicious Code? Common and widely used applications such as Microsoft Word and Adobe Reader are trusted, seemingly secure, and able to run code on an individual’s computer. This makes these applications popular and effective entry points for hackers to introduce malicious code onto targeted systems.
Hackers are exploiting inherent vulnerabilities within these applications. Typically, the hacker uses a specifically designed …
Author: Liron Barak CEO of BitDam