Blog | Jun 19, 2013

How Secure is your Environment?

As the volume of data increases and the use of technology to do, well, everything continues to expand, the concerns around making sure data is secure has never been more in the forefront as it is today.  Security solutions for companies are fast becoming a board level agenda item for every company. 

As the growth of data continues, the need to find more cost effective solutions for storing and managing that data becomes more important.  This is driving more companies to look at outsourced and cloud-based solutions to meet these needs, which by default increases the concern about ‘how secure will my data be’?  In the last year alone there were 355 billion malware emails sent and cyber-attacks tripled.  Since 2006 cyber-attacks against the US Government have risen 680%!  So how is this happening?  Well, DIY isn’t just information for how to fix things around the house.

Remote Access Tools (RAT):  Cybercriminals are projecting malicious malware as remote access tools, but in reality the intent is to spread to as many other hosts as possible.  Often, such malware is cracked and becomes an underground community malware tool or is adopted by novices taking advantage of today’s malware crypting services.  These simple and free remote access tools can turn out detrimental for their customers.  These tools have numerous features that can empower novice cybercriminals with a versatile set of online spying capabilities.

Cybercriminals can also directly embed malicious iFrames on as many legitimate websites as possible, target server farms and affect thousands of customers that visit them.  They can also generate and upload invisible doorways on legitimate, highly ranked web properties, all in an attempt to monetize hijacked search traffic.  There are DIY sites that have built-in modules that allow cybercriminals to detect and remove other known web backdoors from the legitimate website about to be abused.

Banking:  A dangerous variant of the Ramnit malware has been discovered targeting the UK financial sector.  This malware has incorporated source code that avoids detection by going in to sleep mode until the user logs in to their online bank account.  So far, fewer than 10 banks have been targeted in the UK, but in the US most smaller banks are running off the same off-the-shelf system purchased from select banking software vendors.

Java:  94% of endpoints running Java are vulnerable to at least one Java exploit.  Java exploits have become popular additions to many crimeware kits (that’s right, crimeware kits).  These kits are packed with exploits and can go for as little as $200 on the black market.  The owner of the Blackhole and Cool kits recently announced a $100,000 budget to purchase browser to browser plug-in vulnerabilities to be used exclusively in those kits!

If you didn’t have concerns before reading this, you probably do now.  It seems the avenues are endless for novice cybercriminals to become masters of creating data security chaos.  So how do you stay ahead of the game and make sure your environment is protected on the web, firewall and internal systems?  You need an industry leading security solution to provide you with that ease of mind that lets you sleep at night. 

That is why TriCore has partnered with Alert Logic to bring that sense of security to your business.  Alert Logic provides you with an non-invasive, no down-time security deployment for infrastructure management, Web security and cloud based vulnerability assessment and intrusion detection. 

So as you look to find solid solutions to handle the growth and management of your infrastructure and data, take a look and see how TriCore and Alert Logic can provide you with the holistic solution to your enterprise needs!