Dell’s “Anatomy of a cyber-attack” focuses on malware because malware “comes in various forms, some more nefarious than others, ranging from annoying sales pitches to potentially business-devastating assaults.” This “how to” report from Dell makes the point that you “need to understand the enemy before you can defeat them” and includes these Attack Steps:
Attack step 1: Reconnaissance and enumeration – Cyber-criminals will do anything to find and exploit your weaknesses
Attack step 2: Intrusion and advanced attacks - A stealthy intruder can access every facet of your network systems.
Attack step 3: Malware insertion – Hidden malware gives your attacker the keys to your network.
Malware type 1: Nuisance malware – Nuisance adware can render a system inoperable if not removed properly.
Malware type 2: Controlling malware – Hidden malware gives your attacker the keys to your network.
Malware type 3: Destructive malware – Viruses and worms can devastate your network—and your business.
Attack step 4: Clean-up – A skilled criminal can compromise your network without you ever knowing.
Cybercrime is daily front page news and although there is not one solution, Dell’s point is that it has a technology to help called Dell™ SonicWALL™ which “offers a comprehensive line of defenses against all forms of cyber attack and malware.”