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November/December 2017, Vol. 1, No. 8

Targeted attacks make desktop browser security a must

It is an ever-evolving world when it comes to Windows security. As desktop administrators, we make it harder for attackers to get in one way, and they come up with new methods. So we keep adding to the list of ways to secure Windows: firewalls, antimalware scanning, intrusion detection, limiting use of privileged accounts, training users not to click on things, and patching, patching, patching. These are all part of good security practices. Today, however, the browser is a common attack avenue on Windows, and organizations must do more in this area. Desktop browser security really needs to start from the ground up. Why desktop browser security is critical Widespread ransomware attacks such as WannaCry and Petya make the headlines, but increasingly, modern attacks are uniquely designed for and targeted at particular organizations. Ninety-three percent of the attacks that Microsoft detects use payloads that are seen in the wild only in that single attack and never again, the company said. The scanning techniques that antimalware ...

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