New York, NY (PRWEB) March 31, 2010
President and Chief Technical Officer Dan Scolnick of IT Computer Support of New York warns that April is poised to be a high profile month for computer users and system administrators. Mr. Scolnick hopes that through increased awareness of the threat businesses will behave proactively and prepare for the usual malware onslaught in the press and in reality. April 1st (April fool's day) is infamous for computer related attacks, data breaches and press coverage. April has a long history as being a "hot" release day for malware as cybercriminals' try to outdo each other with the most successful viruses. Last year's Conficker worm, which has infected millions of computers worldwide, was big in the news and Mr. Scolnick warns the tradition will likely continue this April.
Since 2008 the Conficker internet worm has been one of the greatest culprits in bypassing internet security. By January 2009 reports estimated that as many as 15 million computers had been infected worldwide. These numbers have continued to grow but estimates have become more sporadic as the virus has evolved. Currently, there are five known variants of the Conficker worm each possessing the ability to circumvent weaknesses in computer security systems. With April right around the corner it is likely that the worm will evolve again to exploit new weaknesses in security software.
"This worm is just one of the many threats that have emerged over the last few years. History has taught us, there will be more and they will garner big media attention around April 1st," said Dan Scolnick. "Over the last two years we have seen businesses attacked and lose productivity and data because they simply weren't prepared."
Scolnick hopes that through a system of preventative advocacy the dangers posed by the majority of malware can be eliminated. A proactive approach to system updates and patching are two of the best preventive measures businesses can take minimize eliminate malware threats. In the past the greatest danger posed by Conficker is that it has the potential to disable and corrupt antivirus and auto update programs. For this reason Scolnick strongly recommends that system updates are handled by qualified professionals. "Modern malware has become sophisticated enough to bypass many automated safety features," stated Scolnick. "Businesses need to find out if they have a problem now so that it doesn't become a disaster down the road." IT Computer Support offers itself as a source of preventative information for the coming weeks and welcomes any questions businesses might have. If you would like to find out more or have concerns for your own business reach them by phone at 212-242-2949 or visit them on the web at http://www.itcomputersupportnewyork.com.