Author Stuart Barker
Remember: Viruses affect man AND machines
The second most popular method of infiltrating your computer system is to use a computer virus. Come back and find out what is number one in a future blog. Most likely cyber criminals don’t know you but they are hoping you like a majority of people and that you don’t keep your Anti Virus (AV) software up to date.
Cyber criminals can send out a virus to millions of people in the knowledge that at least a percentage will have forgotten to install AV software or haven’t kept it up to date. This includes companies too. See the article on phishing to discover more about this technique.
Once a virus hits your computer it can do a multitude of things. For example logging every key stroke you make to blackmailing you by encrypting your information to controlling your web camera and recording you.
No matter what they decide to do, they are in!
You can protect yourself
You can prevent this by installing anti virus software on your devices and keeping it up to date. If you own a business this is just as important. If not more so. Speak to your IT teams or Cloud provider about making sure they keep up to date with anti virus and ‘Patch management.’
Cyber criminals rely on weaknesses and laziness. They hope you are lazy and forget to update such systems. Don’t give them the easiest route to your business, your money and your life.
So keep antivirus software up to date and make sure computer systems are ‘patched’ with the latest security fixes.
ISO 27001 Anti Virus and ISO 27001 Malware Protection
ISO 27001 is the international standard for information security. It is an information security management system and part of it is to ensure that the basic protections and controls are in place. Anti malware forms a big part of this.
ISO 27001 A.12.2 Protection from malware
The ISO 27001 standard covers protection from malware in section A.12.2. The objective is to ensure that information and information processing facilities are protected against malware. Sounds straight forward, right? And it is. The control that you need in place is the detection, prevention and recovery controls to protect against malware and to have them implemented, combined with appropriate user awareness. Having an ISO 27001 policy document that covers how you will protect against malware is a great first step. Implementing ISO 27001 and gaining ISO 27001 certification is becoming a must have for business. ISO 27001 certification is quick, simple and affordable and we are here to provide you the essential protection of your data in a low impact, pain free approach.
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