AuraQuantic: a platform that protects against cyber attacks

Computer viruses are one of the great threats for modern business. Cyber attacks have been around since the beginning of the digital age, with the advent of the Internet. Since then, companies have had to adapt and take appropriate measures to protect data, adopting new technologies capable of evolving at the same pace as these threats.

Cyber attacks are extremely varied and are aimed at both public administrations and private companies; therefore, it is crucial to react fast. Depending on the reaction capacity, the economic damages will vary, but can amount to 300,000 euros. For this reason, it is important to have a low-code platform such as AuraQuantic, which ensures that the organizations data and capital are safe from any type of computer virus.

What are cyber attacks?

Cyber attacks consist of a set of offensive actions against computer systems belonging to a company, entity or person and are aimed at accessing databases to damage their information, steal it or use it for espionage purposes. These types of threats involve the destabilization of computer systems, which is a great blow to organizations.

Despite the wide variety of possible cyber attacks, they can be categorized into four groups: cyber crime, hacktivism, cyber espionage, and cyber terrorism. The category is determined depending on the intentions of the cyber attack. It should be noted that, on many occasions, the organization’s own employees can easily prevent these types of attacks, so it is important to organize training on cybersecurity and apply preventive measures, such as:

  • Always Keep IT equipment and mobile devices updated with the appropriate security systems.
  • Have security barriers that shield the company’s web pages. 39% of cyber attacks target unsafe websites.
  • Periodically change the passwords of the different devices and computing resources of the company.
  • Carry out computer security audits in order to detect failures and possible unauthorized access to the organization’s data.
  • Encrypt and protect all files and shared items, restrict access and use access permissions.

In addition, some platforms allow you to configure a double authentication mechanism to increase the access security to user accounts. Today, with the rise of remote work, services such as the VPN (Vitual Private Network) have become essential to guarantee remote access with total security.

How do you detect a cyber attack?

Thousands of web pages are attacked every day, but only 8% of companies are able to detect these threats in real time. It is important to know that the sooner we stop the attack, the less damage they can cause and, consequently, the lower the economic losses. To help companies on this matter we have listed a series of symptoms that indicate a company may be suffering a cyber attack:

1. Unauthorized publication of messages and content on the website and on corporate social networks.

2. Abnormally high network traffic and resource consumption and in unusual situations, such as when computers are offline.

3. Notable increase in activity on the computer hard drive and, as in the previous point, in strange situations when the computers are turned off.

4. Massive arrival of junk mail to the company’s email accounts indicating failures in the antispam filters. The opposite situation can also occur, that is, massive sending of e-mails to contacts in employee email accounts.

5. Increased activity and connection requests stopped by the firewall, usually coming from the same address.

6. Errors appearing in password authentication systems.

7. Connection problems, slowness or failures in mobile devices linked to the company.

Steps to follow in the event of a cyber attack

Avoiding any type of cyber attack is the ideal situation, but what should we do if we have been attacked? In these cases, organizations should focus on regaining control of their equipment as soon as possible, disinfecting the compromised network, assessing the damage caused and taking the necessary measures as described below.

1. Put in place a response plan

Once the attack is discovered, it is essential to implement the response plan, which must be prepared in advance. Advance preparation ensures that the problem will be dealt with in an easier and more coordinated manner, since it will be clear how to proceed and who will be in charge of detecting the infected computers and cleaning them.

2. Coordinate the team that will be in charge of dealing with the virus

As indicated in the previous point, the team, made up of employees from different departments, should be predefined. They will be in charge of dealing with the virus and giving a concise and coordinated response both internally and externally.

3. Contact third parties

It is important to contact specialized cybersecurity technicians, as they can provide different experience and help to solve the problem in the most efficient way. Furthermore, it is necessary to inform the relevant authorities and national security forces.

4. Transparency and communication

Faced with an incident that affects company security, it is essential to communicate the issue from the first moment to employees, customers and partners. This involves explaining the process that is going to be carried out and how it will be solved to build trust.

What is the Ransomware virus?

Viruses are computer programs that act with the aim of altering how companies operate. Normally, they act by infecting files or stored data in order to modify or destroy them. Although not all computer viruses are harmful, many are, such as ransomware.

Ransomware is a type of malicious program that denies access to the system or to files and documents that were on the computer. This computer virus can infect the computer in different ways, although the most frequent is through malicious spam, that is, by sending emails that include trap attachments, such as PDFs or links to infected web pages.

Once the computer system is hijacked, the virus launches a pop-up window requesting a ransom payment. The first times that this type of virus acted, in the 1980s, payment was requested to be made through postal mail, but currently it is requested through virtual currencies, such as Bitcoin.

AuraQuantic Cloud and its immunity from computer virus attacks

AuraQuantic Cloud is an open and flexible platform that allows you to create and manage applications in a fast and scalable way through the global network of Microsoft data centers. Among its many advantages, this platform stands out for being efficient, economical and, above all, safe.

Thanks to its advanced system and specialist technicians, AuraQuantic Cloud is immune to all types of ransomware attacks. This is possible because AuraQuantic invests a significant amount of money to ensure that the platform is secure against such computer attacks. To do this, AuraQuantic Cloud uses state-of-the-art technology, guaranteeing protection against the massive loss of information when using other types of software that allow a virus to spread.

Ultimately, organizations must take cybersecurity seriously, ensuring they have the necessary information to anticipate and know how to prevent potential cyberattacks. With platforms that ensure data protection such as AuraQuantic, company leaders have the peace of mind with a secure platform leaving them free to concentrate on running the business.

Jessica Mauro