Malware is an increasing concern for businesses of all sizes, but particularly small- to medium-sized businesses as of recently.
In 2017, for example, more than 500,000 Australian small businesses fell victim to cyberattack. In 2022, the rate of cybercrimes increased by 13%, to a total of 76,000 crimes, or one crime every seven minutes.
Fortunately, Real Innovation Group are here to help you implement essential malware protection, strengthening your cybersecurity protocols and defending you from cyberthreat.
What is malware?
Malware is a term that refers to a wide range of malicious software, designed to disrupt, damage, or gain unauthorised access to a computer system. Different types of malware include computer viruses, worms, spyware, botnet software and ransomware.
How to defend your business against malware:
To defend your business against the risk of malware attack, it’s best to start with cybersecurity essentials. Your cybersecurity framework is an essential area of malware protection, most businesses find that theirs can be drastically improved.
A framework is a set of controls that you implement in order to best protect your organisation from the risk of cyberattack. The Australian Cyber Security Centre, our lead government agency on cybersecurity, has developed a framework named the Essential Eight, which aims to defend organisations against all types of cyberthreat, including malware.
Real Innovation Group assist businesses in implementing the Essential Eight cybersecurity controls, providing superior malware protection.
The Essential Eight explained
The eight controls of the Essential Eight include:
- Application control
Application control involves detecting applications which are allowed to be used, and developing controls to ensure only those which are permitted are accessible so as to minimise the risk of installing an app that contains malicious code.
- Patch applications
Testing and installing code changes, or patches, on your computer systems is the focus of patching applications. This helps repair vulnerabilities in your systems and identify defects, keeping your organisation updated and secure.
- Configure Microsoft Office macro settings
Microsoft Office settings should be configured so that staff are only able to execute macros on an as-needed basis. This protects important information which your Microsoft documents may contain.
- User application hardening
Hardening applications includes blocking web advertisements by using web browser add-ins or extensions, or implementing web content filtering. This can prevent the compromise of a system.
- Restrict administrative privileges
Administrative privileges are commonly exploited for cyberattacks. Create separate attributable accounts for personnel who conduct privileged operations and limit the escalation of critical activities.
- Patch operating systems
Patching operating systems is similar to patching applications; here, we check for certain vulnerabilities in your operating systems and test patches for safety before deploying them.
- Multi-factor authentication (MFA)
The ACSC recommends multi-factor authentication, visual notifications for each authentication request and storing software certificates in the trusted platform module of your devices.
- Regular back-ups
Online and offline back-ups should be regularly conducted and measures should be implemented to indicate when a breach has occurred.
Real Innovation Group help your business improve its cybersecurity
Essential malware protection is best left to a trusted team of specialists like Real Innovation Group. We help organisations all over Australia be better protected against malware using essential malware protection techniques:
- The Essential Eight
Real Innovation Group are experts in implementing the ACSC’s Essential Eight within different businesses. Our team ensure that all eight measures are being carried out to the highest level of diligence.
- Cybersecurity awareness
Your employees are often the weakest link in your cyber defence system. Cybercriminals commonly use phishing attacks to gain access to your computer systems, whereby they falsely pose as someone legitimate in emails to your staff members. We help your employees detect potential phishing attacks, helping your team stay vigilant about and educated on common scams.
- Cyber insurance
Increasing malware protection and staff awareness isn’t always enough; there may come a time when a successful cyberattack occurs. This is where cyber insurance is a huge part of protection against malware. We offer flexible, transparent cyber insurance solutions and assist you in choosing the right policy for your business.
Why Real Innovation Group are Australia’s #1 cybersecurity team
Real Innovation Group are Australia’s leading team for essential malware protection. We guarantee:
- Experienced, skilled staff
- Flexible and scalable solutions
- High quality software and equipment
- Unmatched level of attention to detail
- Exceptional customer service
- Options to suit all budgets
Real Innovation Group are Australia’s leading team in a broad range of cybersecurity services. If you’re interested in bolstering your cybersecurity framework, or switching to a more committed and on-the-ball team of professionals, Real Innovation Group is here for you. Our managed services ensure your business is reducing wasted time and money on training and staff upkeep, while giving you high quality, round-the-clock results. Prevent problems, get innovative solutions and save money all at the same time when you talk to the team at Real Innovation Group and inquire about our cybersecurity services today!
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