Businesses have increased their spending on cybersecurity, and yet, there is one report or another about how hackers have managed to cause damage to various industries. Small and large companies alike have suffered cyberattacks, and while no two organizations are same in terms of structure, operations, and other factors, cyber threats often are similar. One common threat is backdoor attack, also called backdoor exploit. In this post, we are sharing quick things that companies must know about backdoor attacks.
What exactly is a backdoor?
A backdoor, true to its name, is a means through which hackers and cybercriminals bypass the standard security measures, to again access to a computer, network, networked devices, and software programs. Businesses are often unaware of such backdoors, and as a result, a hacker may continue to exploit the same backdoor time and again. From stealing personal data to installing malware, encrypt files, backdoors can be used for a variety of purposes. It is important to understand that having backdoors are often necessary, so that employees and customers can get access to accounts & devices, if they are locked out. Hackers, unfortunately, use backdoors for doing all kinds of possible harm.
Knowing backdoor attacks
Backdoor attacks typically happen through malware, but there are exceptions. In most cases, hackers rely on trojans to launch a backdoor attack. A trojan is a kind of malware that presents itself as a genuine product or software, tricking the user into installing it. Once installed, trojans may deliver malware, steal data, or create a backdoor that the hacker is looking for. Like worms, trojans can replicate, so it’s easy for cybercriminals to cause further attacks on networks and devices, without trying again.
How to deal with backdoor attacks?
There are many standard security practices that can be adopted to prevent backdoor attacks. For instance, companies can choose to train people within the enterprise on malware attacks and when to report an incident about a malicious file or download. Train your people on safe browsing, teach them what it takes to deal with suspicious emails, and how to manage access. Having a clear and established system for access management is another thing that matters, both for hardware, software, and networked devices.
It doesn’t take a lot to keep an eye on malware attacks, but to prevent hackers from using backdoors, a proactive approach is critical. Hire security experts, if need be, to train your people.