Malware attacks on USB devices like memory sticks, including any mass-storage capacity device (digital cameras, mobile phones, MP3 players), are becoming commonplace nowadays. If you’re sure that you’re simply transferring files and not a virus onto your computer, think again. Read on to identify the reasons your business might be at risk of malware attacks caused by infected USB devices.
A USB device is indeed a useful, economical way to transfer data. In fact, according to Gartner IT research and advisory company, there were roughly 222 million USB devices shipped in 2009. However, a recent study shows that though USB devices are a convenient means of transferring information, they can also serve as channels to transmit potential threats. In fact, 25% of malware these days is built to spread via USB devices.
Most small businesses particularly are utilizing USB drives for the convenience they bring. But as consumers become more technically savvy about malicious attacks via email and other modes, cyber offenders are now shifting to USB devices to spread malware. Moreover, they want an easier and faster way of hacking into secured computers, making malware distribution via USB devices a viable option.
Being a small to medium-sized business, your company might also be at risk for the following reasons:
We believe that USB-spread malware is even more perilous than email and other means of transmitting malware. That’s why companies, no matter how big or small, should take this alarming issue seriously. Contact us soon and let us help you protect your business from any would-be malware attacks.