21 May 2015
In article ‘Mitigation strategies for data-wiping malware’ published on Security Think Tank in January 2015, Peter Wenham talks about mitigation strategies for data-wiping malware.
Peter’s proposals for creating a prevention strategy, training and strict refusal of local administrator access for employees, can be implemented quickly and at a fair price.
To complement this, companies should add a trusted zone concept for administrative tasks. A server administrator should never sign in to a server from a system at a lower trust level, e.g. from the laptop he uses to connect from outside the company network to a server. A trusted admin zone concept will prevent the lateral drift of attackers within the company network once they got access through e.g. a phishing attack and a RAT (Remote Access Trojan).
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