Most computer experts know that there is always something new on the horizon when it comes to hackers and the viruses they create. What this does is it establishes various cyber security trends that can help individuals and businesses combat this constant and often growing threat. However, to understand the trends, it’s important to understand the threats. The thing to remember is that trends in cyber security are typically only responses to what the hacking community attempts to use to gain control, access or to cause damage to computer systems.
The first thing to understand is that the trend for hackers is not necessarily being maliciously destructive. Many times, hackers and the viruses and applications that they use are meant to get something. That’s why rather than going through the long and arduous steps of stealing information and using that information in a practical manner, many hackers are going towards what are known as ransomware attacks.
These attacks, in their most basic form, get into a computer or computer network and begin encrypting files so they can’t be accessed by the user. Hackers won’t have to go through elaborate measures of stealing information and either personally using that information or selling it to somebody else. Ransomware is a much easier approach. Encrypt files, demand money and once the money is paid, the files are released.
As it relates to trends in cyber security to counteract this, there are lots of complicated applications that cyber security firms will used to root out ransomware viruses. However, one of the trends is a heightened level of awareness and cautiousness. One of the reasons for this is that many types of ransomware applications all begin with somebody inadvertently opening an unknown email. One of the best ways to avoid any of this from happening is to delete emails that are spam in nature or that aren’t familiar. This typically stops this type of attack dead in its tracks.
Sometimes it’s the easiest things that can make the most impact, and in these cases, being careful when opening up emails or when responding to pop-up windows is the best way to avoid costly problems with ransomware. It may seem like a rather low-tech solution to a high-tech problem, but it’s effective and it has saved businesses many millions of dollars and many hours of potential downtime.