When a vendor releases software, they believe that it’s safe to use and reliable. However, this isn’t always the case. Often there are holes in the software that vendors are unaware of. These can be exploited by hackers and are known as Zero-Day attacks.
Types of Zero-Day attacks include malware, spyware, and openings in your private information. After an attack is launched, a vendor has to rush to develop and release a patch. This minimizes the damage that’s been done but for many users, it’s too little too late.
Research conducted by our partners at Symantec shows that Zero-Day attacks are increasing. In 2015 there were 54 Zero-Day vulnerabilities, which more than doubles the 24 that were found in 2014. The most attacked software is Adobe’s Flash Player. Adobe has acknowledged major vulnerabilities, as recently as June 2016 and accounted for 10 Zero-Day vulnerabilities in 2015.
There’s no way you can completely stop a Zero-Day attack but there are many ways you can protect yourself.
- 1.Have a secure firewall in place: Your firewall can play a critical role in protecting your PC against threats. Discuss with your IT consultant on proper configurations that are right for you.
- 2.Only use applications that are essential: The more browsers and software you use the most vulnerable you are to a Zero-Day attack. Use only the applications you need to reduce risk.
- 3.Keep current with patches: Make sure that your PC is being properly patched. If you would like to learn more about proper patch management, take a look at one of our recent newsletter articles.
- 4.Have a backup and disaster recovery option in place: Keep your data replicated, offsite and secure. Should your information be compromised, have the option to recover it.
Although attacks are increasing, the ways we can protect our data has never been stronger. If you are unsure about your preparedness for Zero-Day, or any other cyber-attack, contact your account executive today.