Network scanning is the use of computers or other devices to gather information in order to compromise your network. Your business’ network is likely being scanned by internet worms and bots over 100 times a day. These bots and worms scan your network to help hackers find vulnerabilities and gain access to some of your business’ most critical assets — your network and data.

Ransomware now ranks in the top three of all malware distributed by hackers. It has become increasingly easy for hackers to scan your network, probe, gain access and hold your data “hostage,” with a ransomware attack. These types of attacks have become quite lucrative for hackers because they essentially lock down your access to your business’s data, until you pay the hackers a ransom to regain access.

How do you prevent network scanning?

In order to protect your business, we recommend a layered security approach.

First, we recommend that you utilize a network threat protection service to help mitigate threats.

What about anti-virus software?

Anti-virus software alone is not enough to protect your network and data from compromises. In fact, some malware actively tries to disable antivirus software as its first line of attack on your business.

We recommend that you utilize an encrypted backup service to securely store your critical data off-site. By performing an off-site encrypted backup, you are securing your data from ransomware attacks. In the event of a ransomware attack, you simply restore your data to recover it.

Security Takeaway

Network scanning is a widely used method for hackers to find vulnerabilities in your business’s network. However, a layered approach to security will help ensure that your network and data are safe. Reach out to our team to see how we can help your business protect its network.