To the average person, cyber security threats are more of an abstract concept than a real threat. But as we've seen in recent years, the true power of malicious software can be devastating. Many types of malware have emerged over time, and they all serve as examples of how cybersecurity is constantly evolving. By understanding how malware has changed and continues to grow, you'll be better equipped to protect your organization from future threats. 

Malware may be the best-known term for malicious software and all its various forms, but it's not new. 

Malware, or malicious software, is not a new concept. It has been around for decades and has evolved from being called malicious software to simply malware. 

Malicious software is any program that performs unwanted actions on your computer without your consent or knowledge. Malware can include: 

  • Viruses and worms replicate themselves across networks.
  • Trojans that open backdoors into your system. 
  • Ransomware (a type of extortion threat). 
  • Rootkits that conceal their presence inside the operating system. 
  • Spyware transmits information about you over the internet without your knowledge. 
  • Adware that displays unwanted advertisements on your screen. 
  • Phishing attacks trick users into revealing sensitive information through fake websites, such as login credentials or credit card numbers. 

Malware has evolved over the years, along with the various technologies that inspire it. 

Malware has evolved over the years, along with the various technologies that inspire it. Malware is malicious software (malicious code) that can infect your computer, smartphone, or another device. It's different from other types of malicious code because it attacks specific systems and files rather than attacking users directly. 

Malicious software was first used in 1984 when hackers coded viruses in their free time at university; however, this wasn't considered malware at that time because there was no way for these programs to spread across networks as they can today--they were only able to infect one machine at a time via floppy disks or discs. 

Teenage hackers are more concerned with showing off than wreaking havoc. 

Script kiddies are typically teenage hackers more concerned with showing off than wreaking havoc. They don't have the skill to cause severe damage, but their antics can still be annoying and dangerous. 

They often use tools and techniques already patched by security professionals, so you don't need to worry about them breaking into your system through a known vulnerability (which would give you time to patch it). Instead, script kiddies rely on social engineering tactics like phishing emails or fake websites designed to trick users into giving up sensitive information such as passwords or credit card numbers. 

The IoT is a widespread attack vector for many reasons. 

The IoT is a widespread attack vector for many reasons. The IoT is a new and emerging technology that has yet to be thoroughly tested or optimized. It also means that security by default doesn't exist--there are no standards yet to ensure that manufacturers build secure devices from the ground up. 

Additionally, cybercriminals have discovered that the IoT is an attractive target for financial gain: they can use these devices as bots to carry out their attacks without detection or traceability; because most people don't think about their home appliances being vulnerable to hacking (and therefore don't take precautions), it's easy pickings for criminals who want to use these devices as part of botnets like Mirai or Reaper. 

Finally, there are no regulations preventing companies from selling unsecured products on the market today so long as they claim them safe enough not to cause harm if used correctly (which isn't always true). 

Ransomware is also evolving, with changes in delivery and attack models. 

As ransomware has become more sophisticated and widespread, it has also evolved. The delivery methods of ransomware have changed over time, as well as their targets. In addition to being delivered via phishing emails and malicious attachments or links in emails, some ransomware is now being downloaded directly from the internet by users who access websites hosting malware without realizing it. 

In addition to targeting businesses and government organizations for financial gain through extortion schemes, cybercriminals increasingly use these same tactics against individuals for personal reasons such as revenge or blackmail. 

As cyber criminals become more sophisticated, we need to continue improving our ability to respond. 

As cyber criminals become more sophisticated, we need to continue improving our ability to respond. This means ensuring that our security systems are always up-to-date and can detect threats as they emerge. 

The threat landscape is constantly changing as new types of malware are introduced, updated versions are released, and existing threats evolve into something more dangerous. That's why organizations like yours must have access to experienced professionals who can help you keep pace with these changes--and stay ahead of them when necessary. 

SSI offers comprehensive solutions for defending against today's most advanced cyber threats: from anti-virus software on individual devices through centralized management platforms for large networks or data centers, from network monitoring tools that can detect suspicious activity across your entire business network, all the way up through 24/7 incident response services if something goes wrong. 

By understanding the evolution of malware, you can improve your organization's ability to respond. 

By understanding the evolution of malware, you can improve your organization's ability to respond. 

  • You can learn from the past and predict the future. By studying how malware has changed over time, you can expect how it will continue to evolve. This information can help you prepare for new threats due to these evolutions. 
  • You can use this knowledge to improve your organization's ability to respond. Understanding how attackers have changed their tactics to evade detection by security software or otherwise outmaneuver existing defenses allows defenders to develop new strategies for identifying and stopping malicious activity before it causes damage or loss of sensitive data. 

SSI offers cyber security services you can trust.

SSI provides a variety of cyber security services, including: 

  • Software development and testing 
  • Penetration testing (pen-testing) 
  • Security assessments (including web application scanning and vulnerability assessments) 

These services have been proven to protect companies from cyber attacks. SSI has been in business for over 30 years and has become a trusted partner for many organizations in a wide variety of industries. Our experienced team of certified information security professionals can help you meet your company's needs while keeping you compliant with industry regulations such as PCI DSS or HIPAA/HITECH Act requirements. 

To summarize 

The evolution of malware has been a long process, but the trend is clear: protecting yourself against cyber threats is getting more complex. We need new solutions that are better suited for today's technology-driven world. By understanding how malware works and its history, you can improve your organization's ability to respond to these ever-changing threats.