Here at Creative Network Solutions, we are Manchester’s leading network solution specialists. From designing and optimizing specific information technology strategies, to hosting cloud server storage solutions and top of the line security, we are the team you can count on, for all your networking needs. As such, we have produced this guide to everything you should know about zero day attacks and how to reduce the risk for your company or business.
What is a zero day attack?
A zero day attack is a security exploit that is used to cause damage to or steal data from a system affected by a vulnerability. The term zero day, also written as 0-day, refers to an exploit or vulnerability that has been found by hackers, and the developers or company will have zero days to resolve this, once the threat has been found. While software and security patches can take weeks to develop, a zero day exploit doesn’t allow for this time luxury, and as a result the damage is caused almost instantaneously, before the security issue can be resolved.
Are SMBs at risk from a zero day attack?
Businesses of all sizes are at risk from zero day attacks and exploits. Most recently we have seen Google Chrome and Zoom needing to issue patches to resolve zero day exploits and attacks. Hackers can use zero day exploits to target:
- Operating systems
- Web browsers
- Office applications
- Open-source components
- Hardware and firmware
As a result, older systems that are not updated as frequently are easy targets for zero day attacks, leaving many SMBs vulnerable. So how can you reduce the risk for your company?
Reducing the risk of a zero day attack
For any company, large or small, there are a number of steps that you can take to reduce the risk of these attacks. These include:
- Regularly updating software- if your software is kept up to date it is likely that security patches will be added frequently, removing any holes or loopholes for attackers to target.
- Apply software patches- if any of your firmware or software is known to have a potential zero day vulnerability, make sure that the vendors security patch is installed as soon as this is released. This will help keep your company safe.
- Train your staff- if cyber criminals know that your operating system or software has a vulnerability for a zero day exploit, they will often try to gain access by phishing your staff with fake emails that can be very convincing. This can allow cyber criminals full access to your devices. As a result, the personal, identifying information they can access about you, your employees or your customers, can open victims up to identify theft, bank fraud, and even ransomware.
- Work with a professional team- Choosing cyber security professionals to work with, like us here at Creative Network Solutions can help to keep your company and your data safe. We can monitor activity to identify anything suspicious, and we will also ensure that everything is kept up to date for maximum security.
For professional and reliable security, get in touch with the team today, here at Creative Network Solutions.