From All Sides: How to Gird Customers Against Multi-Vector Cyber Attacks

Webroot's Tyler Moffitt

Tyler Moffitt

By Tyler Moffitt, Senior Threat Research Analyst, Webroot

One of the most common and worrisome threats in the current landscape are multi-vector attacks that combine various threat technologies, deployed in numerous stages, across multiple points of entry (vectors) to infect computers and networks. This blended approach increases both the cyber criminal’s likelihood of success and the severity of damage.

The range of vectors includes email, web browsers, display ads, hyperlinks, files, apps and external devices. More than 85 percent of malware infections occur via web browsing, according to recent analysis from my research team. Basic internet use is a high-risk activity for every customer. You need to emphasize the importance of being able to stop malware at every entry point, because after successfully breaching a system or network, attackers then use their access to deliver malicious payloads, such as adware, spyware, ransomware, keyloggers, viruses, rootkits, and data miners. Let’s first look at how these attacks happen, then discuss a framework to help stop them.


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