If you own a business in Victorville, Apple Valley, Hesperia, or elsewhere in the High Desert, you should know that web browsing by your staff is among the most common causes of virus infections, data breaches, and compromised networks. Firewalls and security software can only do so much to keep business networks safe; to prevent employees from inadvertently introducing threats, additional steps must be taken.
The Latest News in Network Vulnerability
A recent news report published by CIO Today underscores the importance of a content security strategy that focuses on filtering certain content that may pose risks to your business. Information security researchers have discovered a vulnerability that could allow remote access to your network through the subtitles that accompany the digital video.
Once the infected subtitle file has been launched by the multimedia application, malware script may execute so that a remote attacker can find a way into the network. From this point on, the possible actions may include data theft, injection of ransomware or deletion of files.
Another component of a potential subtitle attack would be to manipulate the ranking algorithms on websites such as OpenSubtitles.org; by doing so, attackers could spread malware when the multimedia application automatically connects to a repository to fetch a subtitle file.
Protecting Your Local Business from Malicious Malware
Let’s say a few co-workers in your office are fond of watching Korean soap operas during lunch break; if they allow an application such as Popcorn Time to download an episode and then fetch the most popular English subtitles available, your network will run a chance of becoming compromised.
With a solution such as SonicProtect Content Security, you could filter out certain file extensions such as .srt to make sure that they do not enter your network. You could also configure web browsing permissions so that the applications they use do not attempt to access sites such as OpenSubtitles.org.