Businesses Data at Risk

According to F-Secure, data breaches via software vulnerabilities are costing businesses thousands, if not millions, of euros each year. The month of June alone saw security updates for well over 100 vulnerabilities within Microsoft Windows, the most commonly used software. Each of these vulnerabilities represents an opportunity for cybercriminals to breach corporate networks.

Cybercriminals who aim to infiltrate business networks use two main tactics. The first is to send targeted emails with malicious attachments tailored to appeal to the victim or secondly to compromise websites that employees are likely to visit. By exploiting vulnerabilities in software installed on the victims’ machines, they can gain access and infect it with malware that spies on the user and steals data.

“Barely a week goes by that we don’t hear about a new data breach,” says Mikko Parkkola, product manager at F-Secure. “The best defence is a two-pronged approach. Some vulnerabilities are already known by vendors and have been fixed through software patches. This means that businesses need to keep their software up-to-date to benefit from these patches. To protect from new malware that exploit vulnerabilities vendors aren’t aware of yet, businesses need proactive behaviour-based exploit protection. F-Secure Client Security Premium does both.”

“Cybercriminals are targeting businesses. The cost of just one infection can be considerable, with information loss, stolen funds, business disruption and cleanup. Not to mention, the damage done to a business’ reputation if customer data is compromised,” says Pekka Usva, Vice President, Corporate Security at F-Secure. “That’s why it makes sense to get the best protection available.”

The best protection, now even better

In response to this threat, F-Secure has launched its new Client Security Premium, making it easier than ever for businesses to plug the software holes that compromise data security. This provides businesses with stronger coverage for newly discovered holes that haven’t yet been patched.

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David Dungay

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