Data Security Services
In today’s world of advanced malware, zero-day attacks, stealthy threats, and BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), an antivirus-only approach to endpoint security is simply not enough. Mobile devices are dramatically changing the way businesses, IT departments, and employees work. While your customers want to embrace the opportunities presented by mobile productivity, it’s critical to protect them from the cost, risks, exposures, and disruptions these threats can cause and consider a more comprehensive, unified, and evolved approach to endpoint protection.
BridgeMark offers a better way to secure and manage all your customers’ endpoints (mobile smartphones and tablets, traditional laptop PCs/Macs/desktop PCs, company-issued endpoints, and employee-owned mobile devices) with a single suite, managed by a single unified infrastructure, at an affordable price. The end result is stronger security, scalability, and a simplified way to ensure that data stays secure.
Computer security is the process of preventing and detecting unauthorized use of your computer. Prevention measures help you to stop unauthorized users (also known as “intruders”) from accessing any part of your computer system. Detection helps you to determine whether or not someone attempted to break into your system if they were successful, and what they may have done.
We use computers for everything from banking and investing to shopping and communicating with others through email or chat programs. Although you may not consider your communications “top secret,” you probably do not want strangers reading your email, using your computer to attack other systems, sending forged emails from your computer, or examining personal information stored on your computer (such as financial statements).
Intruders (also referred to as hackers, attackers, or crackers) may not care about your identity. Often they want to gain control of your computer so they can use it to launch attacks on other computer systems.
Having control of your computer gives them the ability to hide their true location as they launch attacks, often against high-profile computer systems such as government or financial systems. Even if you have a computer connected to the Internet only to play the latest games or to send emails to friends and family, your computer may be a target.
Intruders may be able to watch all your actions on the computer or cause damage to your computer by reformatting your hard drive or changing your data.
There are a variety of antivirus software packages that operate in many different ways, depending on how the vendor chose to implement their software. What they have in common, though, is that they all look for patterns in the files or memory of your computer that indicate the possible presence of a known virus. Antivirus packages know what to look for through the use of virus profiles (sometimes called “signatures”) provided by the vendor.
New viruses are discovered daily. The effectiveness of antivirus software is dependent on having the latest virus profiles installed on your computer so that it can look for recently discovered viruses. It is important to keep these profiles up to date.
The most common methods used by intruders to gain control of computers are listed below.
- Trojan horse programs
- Intentional misuse of your computer
- Back door and remote administration programs
- Denial of service
- Being an intermediary for another attack
- Unprotected Windows shares
- Cross-site scripting
- Email spoofing
- Email-borne viruses
- Hidden file extensions
- Chat clients
- Packet sniffing