Malware is one of the most harmful cyber attacks and can threaten businesses of all sizes. Hackers use something called Malware as a Service to execute their attacks. In this helpful guide, you'll learn more about this threat, how it impacts businesses, and how to protect yourself. 


What Is Malware As a Service?

You're probably familiar with Software as a Service (Saas). Malware as a Service (MaaS) is an illegal form of SaaS from the dark web. Hackers rely on botnet services and technical support from the MaaS owners to damage a user's system. In other words, those with limited computer skills can distribute malicious software. 

Once someone purchases these systems, cybercriminals can launch an attack using any of the following:

  • Viruses
  • Ransomware
  • Trojan horses
  • Adware
  • Spyware

Each of these components serves a different role, but ultimately, hackers want to cause disruptions to a business. They may either steal data, track user activity, or control accounts and then demand money from victims to relinquish control. 


How To Protect Your Business From Malware

To stay safe from the dangers of malware as a service, you must limit your business's attack accessibility. Experts recommend the following tips to remain malware-free. 


Avoid Clicking Suspicious Links and Unsolicited Attachments

Hackers want users to end up on malicious websites to steal information. If you see a link or email attachment that appears suspicious, don't click on it. Ending on that page or downloading that file may infect your computer system with malware. 

Cybersecurity professionals urge business leaders and employees to report these to an IT expert. They can assess the validity of the link or attachment and determine if it's safe. Educating your workforce on best practices like these can diminish your risk of cyber threats. 


Use a Reputable Anti-Malware Product

One of the best ways to protect your company from harm is to use a trusted anti-malware program. This technology scans your computer system and detects signs of infection. You can act quickly when you know a threat is imminent. 


Regularly Back Up Your Data

If your business experiences a data breach from malware as a service, you need measures in place to quickly recover. Losing essential data results in massive disruptions and causes employees and customers to lose trust in your business, which is especially hard to gain back. Perform data backups frequently to access important files and information following a cyberattack. 

Experts recommend securing your data on another physical device and a cloud platform. The more accessible you make your data after an attack, the quicker you can recover. 


Boost Your Cybersecurity With Our Help

Don't let hackers take control of your network with malicious software and cyber threats. Applying these tips can help you stay safe from the damaging effects of malware as a service. Reach out to our industry professionals for more information on mitigating cyber threats.



Additional Information

TechTarget: Malware

FTC: How To Recognize, Remove, and Avoid Malware



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By Denis Wilson

Cybersecurity Expert, Small Business Technology Consultant, Managed Services Provider, Managed IT Support

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