Security

Managing a Malware Outbreak

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Executive Summary

For the vast majority of organizations, finding out they are under attack from a virulent, aggressive piece of malware is a stressful prospect. Not knowing what the malware is doing, or is capable of doing, can be terrifying. Some malware is what it calls 'Nuisance-Ware.' It displays annoying messages, modifies Internet browser or registry settings, or disables some functionality. Most other malware, however, can have serious impact on business continuity. Malicious malware can modify and delete data, install backdoors and keystroke loggers, and transmit files and information beyond network perimeters. They can even modify their own behavior over time by downloading patches and additional malware.

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