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Cryptomining Becoming a Big Issue for Businesses

Cryptomining Becoming a Big Issue for Businesses

Cryptojacking is one of the upcoming threats that your business should have on its radar in the upcoming years. This process involves a malicious entity installed cryptomining malware on a device without the user’s permission. What this provides the hacker with is a steady stream of income at the expense of the victim’s device. What can you do to keep your business’ devices from falling prey to this?

Your Computer Can Make You Money?
Certainly you’ve heard of cryptocurrency, which is a type of currency that is “mined” from a computer. The most common cryptocurrency is Bitcoin. Bitcoin is generated by computers that crunch through numbers. Some organizations have warehouses full of high-end servers that are constantly mining for Bitcoin. The average computer can’t really handle this task, but with enough of them, hackers can start to receive a considerable sum.

Why Is This Dangerous?
Cryptomining is dangerous particularly because of how intensive the process is. It can take a toll on the average device if it’s left unchecked. As previously stated, it takes an exceptionally powerful machine to effectively mine cryptocurrency. This causes the device to experience an abnormal amount of wear and tear. Over time, you’ll notice that your device will start to decrease in efficiency and slow down.

Other ways that this might affect a business is through the immediate costs associated with cryptomining affecting your hardware. You might notice an abnormally high electricity bill from a server being influenced by cryptomining, or a cloud-based service working too slowly. Either way, the end result is a negative effect for either your employees or your customers.

How You Can Protect Your Business
If you’re looking for cryptomining on your network, be sure to keep an eye out for suspicious network activity. Since the malware will be sending information over a connection, you’ll be able to identify suspicious activity during times when there shouldn’t be as much activity on your network. In this particular case, the data being sent is small, making it difficult to detect for businesses that transmit a lot of data.

Security professionals are turning toward machine learning to detect and eliminate cryptomining troubles on networks. Machine learning can analyze a network’s traffic for the telltale signs of cryptomining software. Another method is to use a SIEM solution that gives network administrators the power to discover consistent or repetitive issues from potential malware.

To keep your business safe from the looming threat of cryptojacking, you should implement measures to ensure all common methods of attack are covered, including spam, antivirus, content filters, and firewalls. To learn more, reach out to us at 734-927-6666 / 800-438-9337.

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