Malware and Computer Security Incidents: Handling Guides by Mark Borrelli

By Mark Borrelli

Malware, often referred to as malicious code, refers to a software that's covertly inserted into one other software with the motive to break facts, run damaging or intrusive courses, or differently compromise the confidentiality, integrity, or availability of the victim’s facts, functions, or working method. Malware is the most typical exterior risk to so much hosts, inflicting frequent harm and disruption and necessitating wide restoration efforts inside of such a lot businesses. This booklet offers concepts for making improvements to an organization’s malware incident prevention measures. It additionally supplies vast innovations for boosting an organization’s latest incident reaction potential in order that it really is larger ready to deal with malware incidents, rather frequent ones.

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Content Filtering/Inspection Organizations should use content inspection and filtering technologies for stopping email-based malware threats. 12 Spam is often used for malware delivery, particularly phishing attacks, so reducing spam should lead to a corresponding decline in spam-triggered malware incidents. exe). However, this might also inadvertently block legitimate activity. Some organizations alter suspicious email attachment file extensions so that a recipient would have to save the attachment and rename it before running it, which can be a good compromise between functionality and security.

Guide to Malware Incident Prevention and Handling for Desktops … • • 37 Network Forensic Tools. Software programs that capture and record packets, such as network forensic analysis tools and packet sniffers, might have highly detailed information on malware activity. However, because these tools record so much information about most or all network activity, it can be very time-intensive to extract just the needed information. More efficient means of identifying infected hosts are often available.

Active Identification Active identification methods are used to identify which hosts are currently infected. Immediately after identifying an infection, some active approaches can be used to perform containment and eradication measures for the host, such as running a disinfection utility, deploying patches or antivirus updates, or moving the host to a VLAN for infected hosts. Active identification can be performed through several methods, including the following: • Security Automation. , network access control technologies), can be used to check host characteristics for signs of a current infection, such as a particular configuration setting or a system file with a certain size that indicates an infection.

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