Threat Protection and Cyber Security
The increasing number of organizations adopting software-as-a-service (SaaS) has created a greater need for threat protection. SaaS vulnerabilities exist because sensitive data is shared internally and externally between users. Harmful content from external parties can affect an organization’s entire infrastructure. An advanced persistent threat (APT), zero-day exploit, malware, and ransomware are among the harmful occurrences that can be prevented by a Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB).
Advanced Persistent Threat (APT)
Advanced persistent threats are prolonged cyber attacks with the intent on monitoring activity and stealing data within the network. Organizations affected by APT Cloud Threat Protection attacks are typically ones with high-value information. Sectors targeted typically include the financial industry, manufacturing, national defense, and intellectual property like military or other government information. Gaining a competitive advantage is one motive while seeking financial gain by carrying out criminal acts is another. Groups involved in organized crime have proven to be among entities behind advanced persistent threats.
Organizations leveraging SaaS should prioritize threat prevention. CASBs can detect irregularities in outbound data to determine whether the network has been under an APT attack.
A zero-day exploit is a flaw that exposes a vulnerability in hardware or software. It can cause complex problems without immediate detection. When a zero-day exploit occurs, malware is released before the flaw can be resolved. Code is exploited prior to the problem being recognized.
A CipherCloud CASB can provide protection from zero-day attacks by integrating an on-premise sandbox. Sandboxes are used in threat prevention to test software that is potentially malicious. Without sandboxing, all of the network’s user data and system resources are vulnerable to exploitation. Attacks that exploit zero-day vulnerabilities are detected with a sandbox.
Malware & Ransomware
Any file or program that is harmful to a computer is “malware,” a term for malicious software. Trojan horses, computer viruses, spyware, and worms are types of malware that computer systems are exposed to. The different types of malware functions can include hijacking or altering a computer’s core computing functions and deleting, encrypting, or stealing sensitive data.
Ransomware is used by cybercriminals to infect computer systems and encrypt the data. A ransom is then demanded in which money can be exchanged for decryption of the data. With a CASB, ransomware and malware can be detected in realtime and quarantined, deleted, or locked down to protect computer systems.
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