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origins of spam and viruses

Sep 5th, 2009 | Posted by | Filed under Indianapolis IT support

In the Art of War, Tsung Tzu stated something to the affect of, “If you know both yourself and your enemy, you can win a hundred battles without a single loss.”

As a business executive, CIO or business owner do you know where most threats are coming from that target business networks, computers and users?  Most likely it is not something you have seriously researched.  As business consultants, we focus on knowing as much as possible about threats to business so we can effectively combat their tactics.

Most people, including many IT professionals, assume spam most predominantly originates in China, Nigeria and the former Soviet Republics such as Russia.  Oddly enough spam, its viruses and more importantly rootkits/trojans that allow those criminal enterprises free access to steal information from your computers and use your computers to launch other attacks that steal from additional business originate in some countries not usually associated with online threats, South Korea, Brazil and… the United States.

There are definitely larger and more aggressive threats targeting business networks as well as their servers and computers.  But you cannot minimize or dismiss the serious consequences of a single computer on your company’s internal business domain network.  The reason is, that single compromised computer can be used as a pinhole opening for criminals, either foreign or domestic, to launch more complex and sophisticated attacks to steal your business data, personal employee information or make it appear your computers are attacking other organizations.

Knowing what you know is as important as knowing what you do not know.  If you have any doubts about your business’ current security posture ask a qualified business consultant.

– Tsung Tzu, Art of War, Chapter 3 “Attack by Strategem”

“So it is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you can win a thousand battles without a single loss.
If you only know yourself, but not your opponent, you may win or may lose.
If you know neither yourself nor your enemy, you will always endanger yourself.”

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