Microsoft Security Intelligence Report
Microsoft Security Intelligence Report volume 22 has now been published which is designed to provide both the tech industry and their consumers with insight into the latest cyber security threats and of course the best ways to keep protected.
So let’s take a look at some of the key takeaways from the 2017 Microsoft Security Intelligence Report:
Increase in cyberattacks
It seems attackers are now turning their attention to the cloud, due to the fast growing demand for cloud-based storage. In fact there has been a 300% increase year on year in cloud-based user account attacks. The majority of these are down to easily guessed passwords, breaches of third-party services and phishing attacks. To protect yourself from such security threats, the report advises users to choose unique passwords and never reuse the same password for multiple accounts.
Rising ransomware attacks
Microsoft also reports a great increase in the number of ransomware attacks, including well-known recent security breaches such as WannaCry. In addition, it notes significant targeting of ransomware attacks across Eastern Europe.
Updating your operating systems is vital
Microsoft has once again reinforced the need to regularly update your operating systems and other software so that you’ve always got the latest patches installed and operating on your machines. It’s also greatly recommended that security policies are enforced which control user access to any sensitive data. Lastly, it warns against using public Wi-Fi hotspots where cyber attackers could possibly gain unwanted access.
Drive-by download’ sites
The report mentions download sites that host one or more exploits that are capable of targeting susceptibilities in a web browser or browser add-ons. Those who have vulnerable computers, it’s possible to have malware installations through just visiting a website. This is because of drive-by download pages which can be hosted on legitimate websites. Users are then secretly redirected to exploited pages and if successful, the malware is downloaded onto the user’s computer.
In conclusion, the report is urging increased alertness among businesses whether large or small, including individual users, in order to reduce the spread of possible exploits and malware. You can download a copy of the Microsoft Security Intelligence Report here. If you’d like any more information, or any help upping security for your business or personal use, call Advance Computer Systems today on 01904 691 311 or click here.