It's a sad fact of life in IT nowadays that some form of preparation for dealing with malware is part and parcel of what systems and network administrators must do. This goes above and beyond normal due diligence in warding off malware. It includes a proper appreciation of the work and risks involved in handling malware infections, and acquiring a toolkit of repair and cleanup tools to complement protective measures involved in exercising due diligence. It should also include at least two forms of insurance – one literal, the other metaphorical – that can help avert or cover an organization against costs and liabilities that malware could otherwise force the organization to incur.
Due diligence to defend against malware
When it comes to exercising due diligence to fend off or protect against malware, four elements are necessarily involved:
- Monitoring for threats and vulnerabilities in an IT infrastructure: This involves the consumption and analysis of relevant intelligence about threats and vulnerabilities and acting on warnings, workarounds and other mitigation techniques to reduce related risks.
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