The primary objective of malware is generally to infiltrate a computer system for various reasons. In many cases, it is used for destructive activity such as data theft and to carry out attacks on networks. In other cases, malware may be developed for marketing purposes, to monitor or manipulate consumer behavior. Malware is often termed “adware” (but see “malicious software”), and is often used to refer to programs that are downloaded without the knowledge or permission of the user.
Malware can be written by anyone who knows how to create code.
Since the programming language used by most malware programs is not well-protected against copyrighting, most malware developers target free software programs that they can get across a network without worrying about paying the owner of the program. In order to distribute their malware without the owner’s authorization, most malware developers use peer-to-peer file transfers (P2P). This type of software programs can usually be tracked via network traffic generated by security programs such as anti-virus software and firewalls.
IT Services, such as IT Management, requires a robust infrastructure to support their business operations. As organizations continue to adopt cloud-based services for their enterprise needs, it is becoming increasingly important for an organization to manage its cloud-based resources. Infrastructure management requires configuration, security, redundancy, and reliable maintenance of all necessary components. IT Services typically manages physical server equipment such as servers, storage arrays, network interfaces, and client computers. It also manages server applications using one or more software applications.
IT Services can utilize a number of approaches to securing its cloud-based infrastructure. These include processes such as data analytics, automated detection, and removal of malicious programs, and proactive maintenance. Data analytics allows IT Services to gain insight into threats that they may not have been aware of otherwise. For example, a health IT Services provider may detect unauthorized accessing of protected data from outside sources.
Some aspects of data analytics are relatively easy to control and monitor. Monitoring access and modifications to data is one of these aspects. Many managed service providers offer alerting services to customers. Typically, this feature will send an email to the administrator when someone makes unauthorized changes to the data. This email will contain the details of the action taken, which will allow IT Services to take action to block the user, revoke access, or delete files. Other steps may be taken as necessary.
There are several different types of Malware that may be found on the internet.
Each type has a different purpose. Some types of Malware may create web pages in the hope of tricking users into clicking on advertisements or purchasing products. Other Malware can install software applications on systems without users’ knowledge and steal personal data. Different Malware providers offer different levels of protection against different types of Malware.
There is another option available to an IT managed services provider. It’s called application security management (ASM). ASM detects the presence of Malware on the system and then removes it. Since many of the same characteristics apply to Malware, including the possibility of multiple applications and vulnerable web servers, an in-house ASM solution may be preferable.
Some IT service providers offer their own version of application security management (ASM).
- Others use third-party providers.
- Regardless of who provides the detection and removal of Malware on your organization’s network, you should be able to benefit from the resources of both solutions.
- Having the tools and resources to remove Malware on your network ensures that your company remains one of the most secure in the industry.