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Zero Day Threats Transform Virus Danger

Ross O. Storey | Nov. 25, 2010
The current speed of new malware outbreaks is rendering many traditional anti-virus defences redundant, according to Hong-Kong based managed Internet security provider Network Box.

Relying on an ISO 27001 Certified Managed Security Service makes so much more sense.      

What are the most common forms of digital attack currently being used by the Black Hats and how should enterprises protect themselves against these tactics?
For websites and Internet accessible servers, the primary threats are application vulnerabilities and SQL injections. For workstations, the primary threats are application vulnerabilities affecting browsers, and office programs.

It is vital that organizations pay regular attention to Patch Management, and that they have all the protection systems in place to mitigate attacks from hackers, viruses and computer worms regardless.

Network Box monitors vulnerabilities in real time and in partnership with many different companies and organizations, including Microsoft, patches client gateways for known vulnerabilities. But it is still vital that organizations patch their applications and operating systems regularly.

All Network Box clients get regular Patch Reports, as well as vulnerability alerts, as part of the standard service package.

How open are Asian enterprises about data breaches and digital attacks on their systems? How many successful attacks are happening that the world just does not hear about?
The sad but understandable truth is that the vast majority of attacks in Asia go unreported.

There are two reasons for this. Firstly, if an organization is attacked and successfully compromised, almost by definition, that organization will not have the tools or expertise on-hand, to know what happened. If you dont know you have been hacked, how would you know to report it?

Secondly, if and when an organization does realize that it has been hacked, infected, or otherwise successfully attacked, the last thing they will want to do is admit they have become a victim.

Network Box's Security Operations Centres log attacks. Averaging out these attacks on clients in Asia last year, we can see that there was a firewall attack every 2.9 seconds; an intrusion attempt every 12.3 seconds; about 84 per cent of all emails were viruses or spam; and at work 57 per cent of all web use was 'non-business.'

Currently China is the greatest source of attacks, followed by Taiwan, Korea, the USA and India. But that changes moment by moment. Indeed, there are no local threats anymore. There is only one Internet, and regardless of where the attacks come from, you are either protected or you arent.         

Is there anything else youd particularly like to add relating to digital security, particularly in Asia?
Most Asian bosses still just don't 'get it.' And most Asian IT Managers are too willing to stay silent. This has to change, and change fast. We live in a world which is only going to get more connected, not less.


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