You want want your employees to benefit from best-in-class SaaS services, or to use the latest technological equipment. But, you're concerned by the security challenges tied to new technologies, and by the exposure of your infrastructure to external connections. The news is full of stories on recent hacks achieved through external contractor access or illegal access to internal systems.
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The first blog of this series established that well-planned cybersecurity is necessary to achieve sustainable protection against the mutating threats that are Remote Access Trojans (RATs). We also identified how local protections through endpoint solutions can effectively contain malware.
Contrary to popular belief, cyberattacks are not (always) a massive attempt to take over or disable your infrastructure. While a wide DDOS attack can be used as a decoy, the real work is more subtle, more elaborate. Consider a James Bond film, for example. The bad guy would try to infiltrate your organization quietly, identify its weaknesses, and attempt to gain power gradually in order to fulfill his villainous plan.
Just as in those Bond movies, broad, external defenses are not enough, and usually countermeasures come too late to stop the infiltration. This is especially true for fragmented organizations and enterprises relying heavily on external contractors and employees working remotely. Once an enemy has found his way in, the whole organization falls. With 69% of breaches perpetrated by outsiders like organized criminal groups and nation-states, it takes a special problem-solver like 007 to save the day.
2020 is the Year of the Rat, so we're kicking the year off with everything you need to know about the nefarious RATs... Remote Access Trojans. In the first post, we described a RAT's capabilities and the necessary steps to take in order to protect your infrastructure against this type of cyberattack. In this second installment, we're taking a look at just how much of a threat a RAT is to your system.