Can your anti-virus and anti-malware software program protect you from cyber attack?

Technology plays a fundamental role in every business so it is not surprising that more and more organizations are hit by cyber-attacks each year.

According to Australian Cyber Security Survey of 2016, “a total 86% of organisations surveyed experienced attempts to compromise the confidentiality, integrity or availability of their network data or system. Just over half (58%) experienced at least one incident that successfully compromised data and/or systems. Findings suggest that the current level of cyber threat activity is disruptive for organisations regardless of whether an attempt to compromise a network is successful or not. Sixty percent (60%) of organisations surveyed experienced tangible impacts on their business due to attempted or successful compromises.”

And based on Australian Cyber Security Threat Report of 2017, in year 2016-17 Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN) indicated losses of over $20 million due to business email compromise. This was up from $8.6 million in 2015-16, representing an increase of over 230%.”

Cybercrime remains a pervasive risk to businesses and will continue to be an attractive option for cyber criminals due to low risk of identification and large amount of profitability. They have innovative ways of infecting a system or network targeting their vulnerable victims and launching brute attacks. We have seen cases in which hackers start sending emails with a link and when user click on the malicious link an infection happens or hackers hack into unprotected PC’s and execute virus or malware, and many other techniques.

It is important that you protect your system from these kinds of threats and one solution to keep your data safe is by using an antivirus and anti-malware software. By having both in your system, you can prevent infection to occur but are you 100% protected from cyber attack? Is your data really safe and secured just by using antivirus and anti-malware alone?

New and advanced malware strains are created which can by pass antivirus and anti malware programs so if you only have these solutions as your security, you are compromising your data.


What you need is an extra layer of security to stop cyber criminals from getting in and one of the best approach is by using Web Filtering. A Web filter is a piece of software designed to stop a user from viewing malicious URLs or sites by preventing browsers to load pages of site. They block contents by evaluating and determining quality of the site. By using this technology, users can no longer access websites and domains associated with virus, phishing, malware and other harmful content.

Another approach is by keeping your system updated and patched. Upgrades and patches contains important security upgrades based on new variants of viruses and malware which can prevent these threats from entering your system.

You need to take all security measures to prevent future cyber-attacks. There are thousands of cybercriminals out there waiting for the perfect moment to steal your vital information and make money out of it. Being equipped with multi-layered security can defend your business and strengthen your resilience from being a victim of cybercrime.

Want to know more about Web Filtering and how you can use it to secure your business? Contact our IT experts for advice – call 1300 337 984 or visit Motionwave Technologies.


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