Have you ever heard of the phrase “What you don’t know, won’t hurt you?”. This phrase may apply to your personal life, but it definitely doesn’t apply to your professional life. In the case of running your own business what you don’t know WILL hurt you.
In a recent study we did with one of our clients we were able to pinpoint what was happening behind the scenes. We went onsite to run several tests to ensure that their server, workstations, and network were all in good shape. We ran several tests to find out that there was a malicious malware on their network.
The malicious malware we found was Rootkit. A rootkit is a collection of malwares designed to give unauthorized access to a computer or software. Rootkits open a door for other malware, like viruses, and keyloggers, to infect your system. Unlike many other types of malwares, rootkits conceal their presence even while active, making them difficult to detect. Which enables an attacker to perform actions or steal your data. Access can be obtained by a result of a direct attack on the system, such as exploiting vulnerabilities, cracking passwords or phishing.
Rootkit detection is difficult because it can destabilize the antivirus program intended to find it. Behavioral analysis is one of the most effective ways to find rootkits because of how well they conceal themselves. By looking for unusual behavior, like slow performance or unusual network traffic, you can spot a rootkit on your device or network. Rootkit removal can be very complicated or practically impossible. It may require hardware replacement or specialized equipment.
You don’t need to have a drastic incident happen to your server, workstations, or network to determine that something is wrong and needs to be fixed. In fact, you shouldn’t wait for something bad to happen to fix it. Otherwise, you risk being down and losing money. So, what you don’t know will hurt you. It is important to have the security policies in place and schedule regular network checkups for protection and business continuity.
Contact C Three Business Consultants today for your Network and Security Assessment!