Traditional security products typically work against known threats. After they recognize something that can be potentially dangerous for a website, they swiftly take measures against it. Cyber-criminals are aware of this fact and attempt to invest more to develop new programs that execute attacks not recognizable by these systems. Oliver King, the Semalt Customer Success Manager, describes below the most widespread cyber threads you have to pay your attention to.
Recycled threats are relatively cheap since cyber-criminals only recycle old codes used to attack organizations. They take advantage of the fact that security products have insufficient memory. Security experts are forced to prioritize the most current threats and ignore the older types of threats. Therefore, if cyber-criminals use the old threat versions, there is a high likelihood that the attack might be successful. Since the security protocol does not recognize its presence on the list, it then becomes an unknown threat.
A threat intelligence memory keeper is the best way to keep the organization protected from such attacks. It exists in a cloud storage infrastructure that is capable of storing a large volume of threat data. Such security measure can compare the current risk with what it has on the memory keeper and then block it in case of need.
Modified Existing Code
Cyber-criminals alter the design of known threats to create a new and unrecognized threat by manually or automatically adding their codes. The new product continues to morph as it passes through different networks. The reason why they go undetected is that the security protocol may only rely on a single variable to determine if an activity is a form of cyber-crime. Some of them use hash technologies which utilize a series of texts in the code to identify the threat. If a single character is changed, it becomes an entirely new one altogether.
Organizations can protect themselves from such attacks by using polymorphic signatures. They identify possible threats by understanding the content contained in a program and studying the traffic patterns from the domain.
Newly Created Threats
Cyber-criminals may wish to create a new cyber-attack by writing its code from scratch. However, it requires them to invest a lot of money in it. The organization may have to consider its business behaviors and data flow, as the best cybersecurity practices can be developed based on this knowledge.
The best way to prevent against such attacks is to implement automated protections. Refer to the organization’s best practices to tackle such a problem. Make sure to forward all unfamiliar files and suspicious domains for scrutiny. All of this should be done hastily to minimize any possible damages or progress of the company network.