We have been working on increasing our digital presence for years now. As a result of all that work, effort, and time, we now sit on the verge of a new era, the completely digital age. We already exist in the digital age; certain technological advancement and digitalisation has seen to that. Over time, our increased invention and utilisation of technology and digitalisation has resulted in the increased investment in instilling pieces of ourselves in the digital landscape. As we have begun to use digitalisation more and more often, we have made ourselves privy to the increasingly vicious cybersecurity threats in the process. As it current stands, the biggest threat to cybersecurity is the next evolution in malware.
Cybersecurity has never been as important as it is right now. The current state of cybersecurity is a testament to a much-needed reality check: we must be more vigilant in protecting ourselves online. If you want to read more into the biggest security threats of the present-day, there are avenues you can access information from. In this day and age, we should all be taking it upon ourselves to learn as much as we can, as quickly as we can, and as intricately as we can. We cannot afford not to.
Historically, cyber criminals have designed malware to be insistent, even to the point where it is able to survive a reboot. It sounds impossible, but that is how malware has made its [negative] mark on the modern world. Malware has always dropped at least one single file onto a device. This file is capable of changing or realigning things on the device like registry settings, to survive a complete reboot. As if that were not terrifying enough, the latest evolution in malware is more vicious than anything we have known previously. Why? Because malware can now operate fileless.
It sounds impossible, but fileless malware has gained prevalence in recent times. Unlike its traditional counterpart, this type of online threat loads itself into a device’s volatile memory (RAM). It can also spread itself by carrying itself on the back of other existing legitimate processes that your computer uses to function and thrive seamlessly. The cyber criminals who use this fileless malware make use of software vulnerabilities on devices, dropping code on said devices and then using that access to set fileless malware into the device’s system.
To combat this malware evolution, individuals should make constant use of endpoint detection and response (EDR) software solutions, as well as (or in place of) other anti-malware responses that offer viable solutions by looking beyond a device’s files and registry settings. The processes that run on a device are important, so paying active and constant attention to them is vital. Looking for memory injection techniques that cyber criminals use to launch these new fileless threats is important as well. Fileless malware is just the latest in an increasingly rapid onslaught of cybersecurity threats, and we must be vigilant in our measures to protect ourselves and our devices – at all times.