Cybersecurity 101 in Malaysia

Cybersecurity 101 in Malaysia

When it comes to having an online presence for your business, one of the keywords you hear thrown around most often is cybersecurity. But the thing is, why should you invest more money into cybersecurity if nothing terrible has happened to your enterprise so far?
This blog post will discuss cybersecurity and how it affects global businesses and those located in Malaysia. So with that all out of the way, let’s get into it.

What is Cybersecurity, and why is it important?

Cybersecurity helps protect your enterprise by ensuring that none of their information gets stolen due to unauthorized access, leading to enormous monetary losses and unauthorized disclosure of information that could sway potential customers and investors. In addition to that, cybersecurity also ensures that data remains intact in the event of a hardware malfunction, software bug, or even natural disaster.
With more than half of the earth’s population having access to the internet, there are bound to be a few bad actors who are keen on taking advantage of a poorly secure network to steal information. Some would even go to the extent of locking entire networks, effectively locking businesses out unless the victims pay a ransom.

Types of Cybersecurity Threats

Today, around 1 billion malware programs roam around the internet, with more than 560,000 new malware spotted daily. To put that into perspective, that’s nearly 7 new malware every single second.

Today, around 1 billion malware programs roam around the internet, with more than 560,000 new malware spotted daily. To put that into perspective, that’s nearly 7 new malware every single second.

While it may sound somewhat intimidating, they are usually categorized into around 6 classifications that are very well documented, making them much easier to detect by anti-malware software. These categories include:

1. Virus

Malicious software that spreads by duplicating itself and attaching itself to other files available on the computer system. But that’s not all. It is also able to spread itself across the network, infecting more electronic devices in the process.

2. Trojans

Disguises itself as a legitimate program to trick users into keeping the files on their computers which will then relay data outside of the network or cause damage from within.

3. Spyware (also known as keyloggers)

Relays information to cybercriminals by secretly recording a victim’s keystroke. Spywares are most often used to record account details such as login ID and password and credit data to make fraudulent purchases.

4. Ransomware

Similar to what was mentioned above. Ransomware like WannaCry, which made headlines a few years ago, functions by preventing users and entire enterprises from accessing their data unless they pay a ransom. WannaCry was notorious because it also affected at least 40% of the healthcare institutes worldwide, causing complications to the treatment of patients.

5. Adware

Malicious advertisements are usually found on untrustworthy websites such as pop-ups and banners to distribute malware by enticing users to click on them.

6. Botnets

Malware that runs malicious code without user intervention.

Other than malware, there are other more direct cybersecurity attacks like SQL Injection, where attackers exploit vulnerable networks and inject malicious code into the database, giving them backdoor access to steal or even corrupt an enterprise’s data.

Furthermore, Phishing and Man-in-the-middle tactics where attackers will pose as a legitimate entity to trick users into revealing confidential information.

Why should you hire a certified cybersecurity expert like AceTeam Networks?

With all the threats mentioned above, the job of a cybersecurity expert is to mitigate or prevent threats from accessing and harming the network, which could cause confidential information to get leaked to the public or loss of data. Cybersecurity experts will employ different types of cybersecurity measures ranging from network security, application security, operational security, and more to ensure that your enterprise’s information remains secure.

Not only that, but cybersecurity experts also come up with data preservation and recovery solutions should a cyberattack occur. This solution includes storing the same data on a server located in a completely different geographical location and the standard operating procedure should one of your data centers go down.

That all being said, AceTeam Networks is equipped with vast knowledge, technical know-how, and experience to ensure that your enterprise’s network remains secure. Having deployed over 500 system integrations and counting, you can partner with AceTeam Networks to fortify your enterprise security posture and ensure you are protected from any cybersecurity threats.

What are the cybersecurity solutions available in Malaysia?

Cybersecurity threats these days are getting a lot more complex, and you are going to need a whole lot more than anti-malware software to prevent your business from becoming a victim to these attacks. That said, there are many solutions from Palo Alto Networks, McAfee, WatchGuard, Sophos, and more that can help your business stay safe while operating in the current digital landscape.

First of the solutions worth mentioning is the Intrusion Prevention System (IPS), which functions by examining incoming and outgoing network traffic, and springs into action whenever it detects a known attack signature. If a new signature is detected, it will then log the attack details, which will then be uploaded onto an ever-growing database for future reference.

Once a threat has been detected, the Intrusion Prevention System will notify the system administrator while simultaneously dropping all incoming and outgoing malicious packets. It will then block all incoming traffic originating from the threat’s address and, if necessary, reset the entire enterprise’s network connection.

In addition, cybersecurity companies started employing machine learning, artificial intelligence, and global threat intelligence to analyze data collected from past breaches and formulate a plan to stop future cybersecurity attacks. Because of that, cybersecurity experts can allocate more resources to more complicated and pressing matters.

Cybersecurity is crucial for the safety and future of your enterprise.

and should not be taken lightly. Not only that, with more businesses going digital in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, cybercriminals are also growing in numbers as they look to profit off poorly maintained networks.
In addition to that, many staff members are required to work from home, which poses a huge cybersecurity risk as most home networks are not as secured compared to enterprise networks. All it takes is one infected network device could potentially affect the entire company’s network, halting all operations until the issue has been rectified.

Palo Alto Networks provides a comprehensive cybersecurity platform offering complete end-to-end security solutions like the Intrusion Prevention System, machine learning, data security, vulnerability assessment, and more. With that in mind, having all your cybersecurity needs in one place reduces the cost by a significant amount, and you’ll get a much better defense against threats because of Palo Alto Network’s seamless integration between solutions.

Palo Alto Networks’ cybersecurity platform offers simplicity in its design, which reduces the resource required to operate and reduces latency, allowing security teams to react with speed and agility while reducing cost by using existing hardware.

With more than 59,000 users currently utilizing Palo Alto Network’s Threat Prevention solution and other products such as WildFire, URL Filtering, DNS Security, Panorama, and more. Your enterprise is in good hands when it comes to staying safe from potential cybersecurity threats.

But that’s not all, AceTeam Networks also offer cybersecurity solutions from Fortinet, WatchGuard, and more, giving you the option to pick the solution that best suits your enterprise’s needs.

With all that being said, if you want to find out more information, you can request a consultation with AceTeam Networks now!