Security Threat Trouble Spots That Emerged in Q1

By Gina Roos

New types of TeslaCrypt ransomware, potentially unwanted applications disguised as software updates, adware attacks on network resources, and Java and Microsoft Office vulnerabilities are all creating new security challenges, according to a threat report from security solutions provider Quick Heal Technologies. The First Quarter 2016 Threat Report finds growing targeted attacks on health care and financial institutions, and a rising threat from ransomware with new variants and propagation techniques. "While malware authors constantly devise new techniques to infiltrate systems and trick unsuspecting users, IT solutions providers have to work harder to counter these attack vectors with unbreakable security mechanisms in place," the study read. Quick Heal stresses the importance of employee education about how these attacks can stealthily gain access to devices or networks, and the need to keep all applications, programs and operating systems up-to-date to protect against security vulnerabilities. The study also underscores the need for IT solution providers to deliver new security products that protect against these types of attacks. Channel Insider examines 10 takeaways from the study.

This article was originally published on 2016-06-06