Hackers are becoming more and more creative each day. They are finding more ways to get around the most complicated passwords and toughest security systems of large organizations around the world. The Internet today is used not only to browse for information but also to store large volumes of data that companies, organizations, and even government institutions require to function effectively. This is one reason why cybercriminals target international establishments and attempt to bypass layers and layers of complicated security systems to get what they want – be it valuable data, money, or power.
Now, more than ever, should individuals, corporations, and organizations be vigilant when it comes to safeguarding their networks. Security is an important issue and it should be taken seriously. There are many ways to make sure that laptops or desktops are safe against viruses, malwares, DoS attacks, and other cybercrimes.
For example, Verizon Business recently released a report stating that 96% of attacks that occurred in 2012 were “not highly difficult”, which meant that security systems were easily breached due to ineffective security measures. Additionally, 97% of these breaches could have been avoided with the use of simple security controls or inexpensive countermeasures. The report suggested that smaller organizations should have firewalls and change default credentials. Larger organizations, on the other hand, should eliminate unnecessary data and monitor event logs to track all activities of the computers they use.
Individuals are equally prone to security breach as global organizations are. Chrome users were recently targeted by scammers through a fake update page. Users were redirected to a fake American Express website. Users who installed Chrome are actually protected against viruses and malwares pushed via Adobe Reader. Thus, Chrome users who clicked on the link were then redirected to a fake update page. Clicking on the link resulted to unknowingly downloading Zeus malware, which is a Trojan horse that steals banking information.
Lancope Security Research Director Tom Cross poses the question, “Is the era of anti-virus over?” He argues that while commercial security products can offer protection against computer-based attacks, it is still best to have human analysts who actually do the research on what kinds of vulnerabilities security systems have and how these could be breached by attackers. Giving them the right tools will help companies prevent sophisticated attacks on their security networks.
Purchasing the right security products for your laptop or desktop should be easy. There are a lot of websites that offer reliable product reviews on anti-virus programs, an example of which is SC Magazine, a magazine dedicated to providing the latest product reviews and news on information security and is geared towards IT security professionals and others who work in the network security industry. SearchSecurity.com and Information Security Magazine Online also provide breaking news, product reviews, white papers, podcasts, and other significant resources that IT security professionals will need to combat hackers, viruses, and other cyber-related attacks.
Security suites, products that contain firewalls, anti-spyware, anti-malware, and more, are now necessities – no organization, company, or individual should be without one if they don’t want to be victims of computer-based attacks. Some of the companies with the best product reviews include the Bitdefender Total Security 2013, Comodo Internet Security Pro 2012, Kaspersky Internet Security 2013, McAfee Total Protection 2012, and Norton Security 2012 – all of which scored at least 4/5 from PCmag.com’s latest product reviews on security suites.