“Security in IT is like locking your house or car – it doesn’t stop the bad guys, but if it’s good enough they may move on to an easier target.”
— Paul Herbka, Vice President South Seas Corporation
Everyone in touch with the modern world today has experienced a computer virus in one way or another. Whether that’s the annoyance of a chain e-mail circulating the office claiming to provide a once in a lifetime free holiday to Barbados, or something more sinister. From spam e-mails to Trojan viruses, they vary in severity, from simply being a nuisance to rendering a computer completely unusable – or in the most extreme cases ruining entire businesses.
Most viruses work through ‘elevating rights’ by exploiting a loophole in a computers’ coding, therefore giving the virus full rights and access to the computer. What happens next depends on the individual virus. The nature of viruses means if you work remotely or even save work documents onto a memory stick, with a view to work on them on an unprotected personal computer, prior to reloading them on to your work PC, you could be the cause of potentially irreparable damage to the business.
More complex viruses’ have the ability to latch onto an external device, such as a USB stick or portable hard drive. Once inside a company’s network they circulate through e-mails sent between co-workers. At this point the virus could begin to transmit highly sensitive data to an external location, and the cyber-criminal could use that as leverage for financial gain, or even just release the information publicly thereby destroying your businesses credibility, reputation and brand.
The simplest way to secure your computer is to install Anti-Virus software. This should be a must for every computer in a company, and it should be an employee’s duty to make sure any computer they use for work is also protected. The software operates through keeping database of virus ‘signatures’ (pieces of code that identify viruses) so when the user runs an Anti-Virus system scan, the software looks at every file on a computer and compares it to every virus in the database then reacts accordingly.
Experts believe there are currently more than 50,000 different viruses in existence, and around 200 new ones are currently discovered on a monthly basis, so failing to update your Anti-Virus can render it useless.
Get in touch with Qube on 020 7150 3800 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for information on our full range of security services and professional insight on how to ensure your business is as secure as possible.
Qube is a managed services provider operating Datacentres on a global basis. We offer a broad range of IT services from simple co-location to fully managed virtual data centres always with a primary focus on IT security and compliance. We are independent and therefore able to provide the best solution for our customers yet partner with high performance vendors such as Hitachi, VMWare, IBM (Softlayer), Colt, Corero, and Level 3. Our highly experienced team offers Enterprise grade levels of IT management allowing you to focus on your core business safe in the knowledge that your IT environment is secure and compliant.