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The SophosLabs 2019 Threat Report

The SophosLabs 2019 Threat Report
Fabio Suffell | 04-12-18

The SophosLabs 2019 Threat Report has a few suggestions for you to take away and apply to your devices and networks.

Practice the fundamentals Use a password manager and never reuse passwords. Keep up to date with operating system patches and app or software updates. Change the default administrator passwords on things like home routers, modems, and network-attached storage servers. Add a passcode or password pattern to your phone. Use multi-factor authentication for everything you can use it for. Stay mindful and practice reflexive distrust of unknown files, messages, or links


Malicious spam a primary vector of malware. Many malware infections start with an email message, which may or may not have either a link, an attachment, or both. At the very least, be aware that malware may leverage files you might not consider dangerous, like Office documents, to start the infection process.


Ransomware isn’t going away Many of the worst manual ransomware attacks, started when the attacker discovered that an administrator, had opened a hole in the firewall, for a Windows computer’s remote desktop. Closing these easy loopholes, goes a long way to preventing these kinds of attacks. If you need to RDP, put it behind a VPN. Multi-factor authentication is an amazingly effective tool for preventing the abuse of stolen credentials. If you’re not using it now, you should be. Administrators who manage networks, should limit their use of the Domain Admin credentials to a dedicated machine or machines, that are used for no other purpose.


If you need any help, in implementing any of these recommendations, then please give Qbit a call.


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