Are Cyber Criminals Winning The War?

Over the past 15 years, the sophistication of cyber attacks and the advancement of malware increased beyond cyber-security professionals can possibly imagine. Antivirus and tech-security companies are at a lost against such menace.

Computer virus authors are fast in creating new viruses and the emergence of new strains is mind-boggling. 

Official numbers are hard to come by, but according to CNN, around 1,000,000 viruses were born per day in 2015!  Up from 74,000 in 2014 in a separate report.

It seems like a losing battle.  But every individual, industry and society at large have to protect themselves.  We simply cannot afford to be indifferent.

A lot has got to do with the human aspect of computing.  Such as being vigilant to simple social engineering tricks.  However, it is humanly impossible to be on-guard 24/7.  This is where technologies step in.

Microsoft has unveiled its Windows Defender, a tool built into Microsoft's operating system which purportedly has the capability to detect pre-attack behaviours.

Also known as Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) in IT security, Windows Defender scans over a billion endpoints and if it senses a potential threat in its eco-system, a notification would be activated.

This defence mechanism is available in Windows 10.  However, two capabilities stood out:

  • Enterprise Data Protection at file level to help ensure corporate data isn't accidentally or intentionally leaked
  • Device Guard offers malware protection, Advanced Persistent Threats (APT) and zero-days

For those who are still in its previous or worst, outdated versions of operating systems, your IT networks might already be compromised.