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WHY ANTIVIRUS IS NOT ENOUGH

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It is often mistakenly believed that antivirus is an sufficient protection of the systems from cyber threats.

But that’s not the case, that’s why.

Antivirus is a protection against malware

Malware is malicious software that can infect computer systems by compromising them or allowing cybercriminals to access data.
The malware types are many: ransomware, trojans, spyware, wipers, cryptominers, worms, skimmers, … just to name a few.
Although malware is a significant problem, used in most cyber attacks (41% in 2021, see our Dashboard), there are other types of cyber threats.
These include, for example, Phishing, Social Engineering, exploitation of vulnerabilities, DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service), and much more.
Unfortunately, antiviruses are unable to deal with these threats and further solutions need to be put in place to mitigate them.

Not all antiviruses are created equal

Whether you choose a free antivirus or a paid one, modern products are generally of good quality, but they can differ in some features:

  • Reliability: the ability to correctly identify threats with a low number of false positives.
  • Quality of protection: the malware landscape is constantly changing, so a good antivirus must be able to update itself frequently and effectively detect and resolve the greatest number of threats.
  • Functionality: the antivirus must be able to perform its functions without significant impact on the system in use.
  • Ease of use: the antivirus must have an intuitive and easy to use interface, so that it can be used successfully even by less experienced users.
Don’t forget mobile devices!

Malware can also compromise mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.
Since they are connected to the same network where there are computers and servers (both in the company and at home!), it is important to have antivirus protection also for all the used mobile devices.

Cyber Security involves numerous types of threats, which are constantly evolving.
For an adequate protection antivirus is certainly important but it is not enough.
On the contrary, to protect from the latest generation of cyber risks it is essential a targeted and customized strategy based on specific needs.

Find out how we can help you identify your customized Cyber Security strategy!

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HOW CONFLICTS CAN AFFECT CYBER WORLD

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HOW CONFLICTS CAN AFFECT CYBER WORLD

Last week we described how Cyber ​​space could become the scene of the Third World War, and in fact it already is the scene of numerous cyber conflicts.

This time we want to see instead how a conflict in the real world can have repercussions in the cyber world.

  1. Cyber ​​attacks in sight

    Due to the Russia – Ukraine conflict, the risk of cyber attacks has increased dramatically and not only for the countries involved.

    The world has lined up in support of the two sides and Cyber ​​criminals as well as activists (the Anonymous collective in primis) are determined to give a strong show of strength.

    The result is that an increase in cyber attacks has been predicted in this period, which could have serious consequences.

    Among the various countries at risk there is also Italy: recently CSIRT (Computer Security Incident Response Team) of the National Cybersecurity Agency (ACN) issued an alarm to warn of the imminent risk of cyber attacks against government and industrial entities of the country.

    The suggestion, as always, is to adopt all the protection measures of the computer systems and, in particular in this case, notify the authorities in case of any malicious activity.

    But it’s also important to remember that we are always subject to this risk, so do not panic unnecessarily.


  2. Should we uninstall Kaspersky?

    Many people suggest uninstalling the famous antivirus.

    Kaspersky is among the best-known security products in our industry, as well as one of the most effective.

    In Italy, Kaspersky security solutions are adopted by many public bodies, including ministries and security agencies.

    Unfortunately, Kaspersky is a Russian company.

    The fear is that the company may in fact be controlled by the local government and act as an entry point for any cyber attacks with products installed at their customers around the world.

    Is it a real perspective?

    From the point of view of feasibility, certainly yes.

    But the real question is: is it worth it for Kaspersky to destroy its ten-year reputation and relationship with its entire customer base?

    Probably not, although the doubt remains that he may not have a choice.

    Either way, there will be severe economic repercussions for Kaspersky.

    On the other hand, it is also true that, if there really is a risk of hacking or spying through similar technologies, this threat has always existed.

    Public administration as well as institutions should evaluate these risks before deciding to purchase software or hardware solutions.

    Are we ready to manage our technology purchases based on geopolitical alliances?


  3. Repercussions for cybercriminals

    The deployments in the real world have also produced deployments in the cyber criminal world: different gangs have decided to give their support to one nation rather than the other.

    And this has resulted in a series of escalating attacks on both sides.

    An example of this is what happened to Conti, the criminal group known for the ransomware that has upset organizations and institutions all over the world.

    Conti has publicly sided with Russia and, as a result, has suffered a series of attacks that have led to the data leak of the messages exchanged by the members of the group and even to the code of the well-known ransomware.

    The famous activist collective Anonymous, on the other hand, has pledged its support to the Ukrainian nation by carrying out a series of attacks on various Russian government entities and even on state TV.

    If the DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attacks that have slowed down or made it impossible to use the services of different institutions are certainly annoying, but not too worrying, the data leak of confidential information, on the contrary, could have dangerous consequences (such as, for example, in the case of the Russian Nuclear Institute).
So what to do to raise (and keep!) the alert level high?

  • Update systems and applications, especially (but not only) those exposed on the Internet;
  • Verify the presence and proper functioning of backup systems, in particular for critical and sensitive data;
  • Be prepared not only for cyber attacks with malware and DDoS, but also for Phishing that could facilitate the retrieval of useful information to subsequently breach systems.
It is good to remember that these recommendations always apply, even in times of “peace”.

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FIVE RULES FOR BEING SAFER ON INTERNET

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FIVE RULES FOR BEING SAFER ON INTERNET

Safer Internet Day (SID) is celebrated on February 8th, an initiative created by the European Commission to promote safer and more responsible use of technology.

Celebrated in 200 countries around the world since 2004, Safer Internet Day invites us to provide a safer digital environment, especially for young people.

Internet world offers enormous opportunities, possibilities for learning and for acquiring new knowledge, but it also carries several risks.

Thanks to initiatives such as SID it is possible to raise awareness of risks and threats, but at the same time take to carry on concrete actions in order to protect users.

So, let’s see 5 rules to be safer on the Internet.

1) Systems and applications:
Update systems and applications you use and keep them constantly updated.
This rule applies to both PCs and mobile devices (smartphones, tablets, etc.).
Download and install applications only from official websites or app stores and be suspicious of unofficial stores: the risk it to install malware.

2) Account and identity:
Protect your accounts with a strong and enough complex password (over 8 characters, with upper and lower case, numbers and special characters).
Do not use the same password for all accounts, especially for emails and logins to important applications.
Use a password manager to remember all the passwords and protect the access with a master password (the only one you’ll need to remember by heart!)

3) Email and SMS:
Be wary of suspicious emails and SMS, from senders you don’t know or who refer to transactions and activities that don’t concern you.
Do not fall into the trap of Phishing and avoid clicking on suspicious links or opening attachments that could be harmful.

4) Antivirus and antimalware:
Install antivirus and antimalware on the devices you use.
Again, this rule applies to PCs but also to mobile devices (smartphones, tablets, etc.).
Install the antivirus on all devices you use to browse the Internet and keep it up to date.

5) Caution and security
Beware of websites where you can download free software and content: the risk of running into malware is very high.
Do not share credentials, passwords or login information with anyone.
Do not leave PCs and smartphones unattended.

Happy Safe Internet!

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