Cyber Security & Malware Protection

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Protect Your IT Systems & Data.

Data is by far the most important asset in any modern business. Its loss or theft can be the single most catastrophic event a business can experience. Accel IT will help you take the important steps needed to address this ever-present cyber security threat. 30,000 businesses are being targeted per day, that's a new business every 39 seconds.
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Active protection

Passive anti-virus scanning has not been an adequate security measure for years. Active monitoring for malware activity has become an essential component in any security strategy, and is provided as part of every service plan offered by Accel IT.
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Up to date detection

New malware is released daily. The only way to remain safe against this constantly evolving threat is to deploy mechanisms that are updated frequently and to take a holistic view of security. There is no one answer; a sound security strategy will have several components.

Inbox Protection

Email inboxes remain one of the most common ways for systems to get infected despite today’s users being aware of the threat. An active scanning service for incoming email adds an essential layer of security against the most common threat to enterprises.
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Policy Development

Effective security isn’t just an anti-virus and spam filter. It is sensible practices and habits within an organisation that align with organisational goals, strategies, and culture. Once documented, these practices and habits form the basis of any sensible security policy.

What is the essential 8 and why is it important for cyber security?

The essential eight is a set of cyber security strategies developed by the Australian Signal Directorate (ASD) to help businesses protect themselves against cyber security threats. As an IT Provider, we utilize these standards and apply them to your network to reach compliancy. 

As the name mentions, there are eight strategies which an business can implement. 

  1. Application Whitelisting: Only allow approved applications to execute on systems to prevent unapproved or malicious programs from running.

  2. Configure Microsoft Office Macro Settings: Configure Microsoft Office macro settings to block macros from the web and only allow vetted macros either in ‘trusted locations’ with limited write access or digitally signed with a trusted certificate.

  3. User Application Hardening: Configure web browsers and Microsoft Office to use the latest versions and to disable unnecessary features that could be exploited by attackers.

  4. Patch Applications: Patch applications (especially those known to be exploited) and operating system vulnerabilities to the latest version.

  5. Configure Microsoft Office to Block Macros from the Web: Use the Group Policy Object (GPO) settings to block macros from the web in Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Microsoft PowerPoint.

  6. Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA): Use MFA to protect against unauthorized access to sensitive systems and data.

  7. Privilege Management: Restrict administrative privileges to operating systems and applications based on user duties. Regularly revalidate the need for privileges.

  8. Daily Backups: Regularly back up data, and verify the integrity of backups. Store backup copies offline where they are not accessible for modification or deletion by ransomware.

By implementing the Essential Eight strategies, your business can better protect their computer systems and data from a wide range of cyber threats, such as viruses, hacking, and phishing. This helps to reduce the risk of cyber attacks, and minimize the impact of any attacks that do occur.

AccelProtect Advanced Security

DNS Security

  • Block malicious domains
  • Up-to minute global block list
  • Reduce malware & spyware
  • Prevent callbacks
  • Improve search privacy

Managed EDR

  • 24/7 threat hunting
  • Protect against malicious footholds
  • Deploy canaries / traps
  • Reduce ransomware threats
  • Detect zero day viruses

Device Security

  • Live asset tracking
  • GPS/ Wi-Fi triangulations
  • Remote lock and wipe
  • Full disk encryption
  • Setup geo fences with alerts
  • Multi Factor Authentication

So what does this all mean?

Block Malicious Domains: Implementing measures to block access to known malicious domains can prevent users from inadvertently accessing harmful websites and falling victim to malware, phishing, and other cyber attacks.

Up-to-Minute Global Block List: Continuously updating the block list with real-time threat intelligence helps ensure that newly identified malicious domains are promptly added, keeping the defense mechanisms current.

Reduce Malware, Spyware, and Botnets: Proactive blocking of malicious domains and employing advanced security solutions, such as firewalls, intrusion prevention systems, and endpoint protection, can significantly reduce the risks associated with malware, spyware, and botnets.

Prevent Callbacks: Blocking malicious domains that serve as command and control (C&C) servers for botnets helps prevent infected devices from communicating with cybercriminals and carrying out further malicious activities.

Improve Search Privacy: By blocking access to fake search engines and malicious websites, users’ search privacy and data security can be enhanced.

24/7 Threat Hunting: Engaging in continuous threat hunting allows security teams to actively search for signs of cyber threats, identify potential vulnerabilities, and respond quickly to security incidents.

Protect Against Malicious Footholds: Proactive defense measures can prevent cyber attackers from gaining a foothold within the network, mitigating the risk of a major breach.

Deploy Canaries/Traps: Setting up decoy systems (canaries) or traps can lure attackers into revealing their presence, giving security teams an opportunity to detect and respond to threats early.

Reduce Ransomware Threats: A combination of strong security practices, regular backups, and education on phishing and social engineering can help reduce the risk of falling victim to ransomware attacks.

Detect Zero-Day Viruses: Employing advanced threat detection technologies and machine learning algorithms can help identify and block previously unknown (zero-day) viruses and malware.

 

Live Asset Tracking: Real-time monitoring and tracking of assets within the network help detect unauthorized devices and ensure better control over the infrastructure.

GPS/Wi-Fi Triangulations: In the context of mobile devices, using GPS and Wi-Fi triangulations can assist in locating lost or stolen devices and, if necessary, remote wipe them to protect sensitive data.

Remote Lock and Wipe: In case of lost or stolen devices, the ability to remotely lock and wipe data ensures that confidential information remains secure.

Full Disk Encryption: Encrypting data on storage devices protects sensitive information from unauthorized access, even if the physical device is compromised.

Setup Geo Fences with Alerts: Geo fences can be set up to trigger alerts when devices move beyond predefined geographical boundaries, adding an additional layer of security for mobile devices.

Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA): Implementing MFA adds an extra layer of security by requiring users to provide multiple forms of authentication before accessing sensitive data or applications.

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FAQ's

Yes, the very first step is to perform a security audit to develop a comprehensive strategy which will help us discover vulnerabilities and potential issues. 

We have a range of cyber security solutions that we offer, depending on your needs. 

  • Endpoint security
  • Network security 
  • Application based security
  • Cloud security
  • Physical security

Anti-spam and anti-virus software can be effective, but they are not bulletproof. Hackers are constantly developing new tactics to bypass security measures. This has lead to a game of cat and mouse between malware writers, and malware hunters. To ensure maximum protection against spam and malware, it's important to adopt a layered approach to security, including multiple security solutions and regular employee training.

Any business that has IT infrastructure in place. 

Yes, we are able to manage the security of your IT infrastructure remotely. Usually, we do not need to be on premises except to do initial evaluations, or if we are assisting with the physical installation of security devices.

While it's still possible to get hacked, even with a hardened computer, the likelihood of it happening is drastically reduced. 

Having a secure computer is one of the best ways to protect against cyber security threats. 

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