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3 Ways to Proactively Protect Against Malware

Do you know that more than 390,000 new malicious programs are registered every day? This amounts to 142 million, 350 thousands new malicious programs every year.

Cybercrimes currently cost the global economy an estimated $450 billion. By 2021, this number is expected to increase to approximately $6 trillion. This is a massive amount of money that could be spent on more technological innovation that fighting cyberattacks.

With these many attacks every day and this much money being spent to fight them, it is increasingly more critical to protect your organization and systems from malware.

Here are 3 ways to make that happen:

#1. Lock down systems to prevent changes to local DNS settings…

Organizations should lock down devices they provide or distribute to prevent end users from changing local DNS settings. Companies can create a group policy in their Active Directory for this process.

#2. Lock down systems to prevent installation of third-party VPNs…

Companies should lock down systems to prevent employees, end users, and other people who may access your Wi-Fi from installing third-party VPNs that can bypass enterprise threat protection or network firewalls.

#3. Lock down your firewall to allow DNS queries from local DNS systems only…

Use a firewall to deny outbound traffic on DNS port 53 unless it is from a trusted source and bound to a trusted destination.

In addition to these three steps, you can look for questionable patterns in your DNS logs such as queries that happen outside of normal hours of business and non-standard conventions for naming.

Being aware of these subtle changes can help you proactively protect your data and systems against malware and other targeted threats.

If you want to know more about how to adopt DNS best practices to proactively protect against malware, click the link below for more information.