Business organizations have much to lose – literally – if their information systems are not thoroughly secured against malware and intrusions. From records of credit card transactions to the private health records of employers who self-insure, personal data is at risk, but neither is company data immune to online threats. Hackers trying to infiltrate your network may indeed be looking for product designs or source code under development. A managed programs approach is one of the most effective ways to reduce the chances of information stored in your systems being compromised.
One of the most serious threats at this time is the rootkit, which installs itself in the root level of an operating system and is difficult afterwards to eradicate. Cleverly designed rootkits can even make it almost impossible to access the OS in order to perform a complete reformat, the most extreme of several IT solutions that can be used to eliminate malware. Rootkits can infect any type of system including mobile phones, the computer chips used in automobiles, POS terminals, and database servers.
Because of their versatility and effectiveness in keeping systems held captive, the popularity of rootkit malware is exploding among cyber criminals. McAfee identified fewer than 50 samples of rootkits during January of 2007, but by July of 2010, more than 130,000 different rootkits were circulating online. A robust security solution using many layers of protection as well as employee awareness of safe online habits is essential in such an environment. A managed program model can guarantee the computer security is regularly updated and maintained, rather than being pushed to a ‘back burner’ by an overburdened in-house IT department.