Reply To: OCU ISSO D Week 04 Lesson 15 Discussion

Marcena Davis

After reviewing Lesson 4 on advanced attacks, I understand that malware attacks have become more sophisticated, and attackers are continuously coming up with new techniques to breach organizations’ security.

One of the advanced attacks discussed in the lesson is Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs). These attacks are more sophisticated and harder to detect as they often occur over an extended period. APTs can include malware, social engineering, and network intrusion to gain access to sensitive data. A Security Officer can prevent APTs by implementing robust security measures, such as regularly conducting vulnerability assessments, updating antivirus software, and using firewalls to protect the network.

Another advanced attack discussed is Ransomware. Ransomware is a type of malware that encrypts a victim’s files, and the attacker demands payment in exchange for the decryption key. Ransomware attacks have become more prevalent, and attackers have become more sophisticated in their tactics. A Security Officer can try to prevent Ransomware attacks by keeping systems and software up to date with the latest security patches, implementing strict access controls, and conducting regular backups of critical data.

Another advanced attack discussed in the lesson is Fileless Malware. Fileless Malware is a type of malware that runs in memory and does not require a file to execute, making it challenging to detect. A Security Officer can prevent Fileless Malware attacks by implementing robust endpoint protection solutions, using a network security policy that monitors all incoming and outgoing network traffic, and conducting regular security awareness training for employees.

Ultimately, as attackers become more sophisticated, Security Officers need to remain vigilant and proactive in implementing robust security measures to prevent these advanced attacks. By staying up to date with the latest security threats and implementing a comprehensive security strategy, Security Officers can help their organizations stay ahead of these attacks and protect against potential data breaches.


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