There is a war raging between cybercriminals and cybersecurity professionals, and businesses are caught in the crossfire.

The techniques used by hackers haven’t changed all that much in recent years according to cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab. What has changed is that more businesses are relying on IT and digital solutions in their daily activities, and that means cybercriminals have a wider attack surface to target.

That being said, advanced attacks like ransomware – which have evolved into self-replicating malware such as WannaCry in 2017 – show that businesses need to take a multi-layered approach to cybersecurity.

So what next-generation threats should businesses be aware of, and more importantly, how do they protect themselves?

Ransomware

Ransomware has been around for a long time, but cybercriminals haven’t rested on their laurels – they’ve actively adapted the malware to be more aggressive. In some cases cybercriminals don’t even have to craft the ransomware themselves thanks to “Ransomware-as-a-Service” kits that can be bought in the darkest places on the web.

Kaspersky Endpoint Security for Business contains an “Anti-Cryptor” rollback system which will block ransomware and revert any files to the original state they were in before the ransomware encrypted them.

The firm also offers a free Kaspersky Anti-Ransomware Tool that provides basic protection that anyone can download and use. It’s available on their website; click this link to go there now.

Memory-only malware

Cybercriminals still make use of files to distribute malware, but they have become even smarter about how they go about it.

Attackers are increasingly making use of “watering-hole” attacks and obfuscated files that bypass virus detection to inject malware into processes which are already running. This allows the malware to function without ever having to touch the system files, thereby evading detection.

Kaspersky Endpoint Security houses a feature known as System Watcher which detects suspicious application behavior using Machine Learning to detect and stop malicious processes. System Watcher uses data obtained through Kaspersky Security Network’s Data Science to be more efficient in finding and stopping threats.

PowerShell Threats

PowerShell scripts are increasingly being used by attackers as they offer a whole host of new ways to carry out an attack.

Through a PowerShell script attackers can download additional modules, run malware and remotely execute code on other machines on a network.

Kaspersky Lab is aware of the wave of PowerShell script attacks, and through its software the company can monitor code strings and block malicious code execution.

Mobile Threats

Smartphones have wormed their way into businesses in a big way, and this presents a major vector through which cyberattacks can be executed.

Banking trojans, pre-installed malware and malicious apps can all be used to sow havoc. It’s vital, then, that businesses include mobile devices in their endpoint protection strategies.

Kaspersky Mobile Security for Business uses a range of detection layers including its HuMachine intelligence. This feature uses Machine Learning to offer up protection comparable to Kaspersky Lab’s desktop solution.

The mobile solution also allows businesses to manage security through Mobile Device Management and Mobile Application Management so that the device in your pocket is as secure as the computer on your desk.

Comprehensive Protection is Imperative

Every business’s attack surface expands the more digital they go. Protecting against cyberattack is now more important than ever as a result; Kaspersky Lab offers a comprehensive range of award-winning technologies that protect from attack vectors both known and unknown.

Talk to us today to find out how we can work together to keep your digital world safe and secured.

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