Zero-Day Java Attacks Pose Risk for Businesses, Security Expert Says

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A cyber-security expert has emphasised the need for businesses to consider the effects a future cyber-attack on their system could have, in an article uploaded to Find the Edge today.

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Traditional anti-virus and perimeter security techniques do not offer complete protection – for this reason, organisations need to review their risk exposure, and plan their responses accordingly

Businesses will be vulnerable to viruses and other forms of cyber-attack if they fail to plan strategies to help minimise and respond to zero-day attacks on their systems, an IT expert has said.

Adrian Spink, CEO at Company85, has used a new article on business website Find the Edge to explain why business leaders need to consider how exposed to these threats their organisations are.

He also provides practical advice to help reduce the impact a future security breach is likely to have.

He said: "Recent months have seen a procession of Java zero-day attacks impact a wide variety of organisations.

"Simply put, zero-day attacks occur when a problem with a piece of software is discovered and exploited before the developer is even aware that there is an issue."

He discusses Java software in particular, which has seen several high profile incidents in recent months, with software problems affecting huge companies like Microsoft, Apple and Facebook.

Java's software platform was developed before the internet, so is commonly targeted.

Spink said: "It’s unlikely we’ve seen the last of these exploits; Java’s rich programming language wasn’t designed for a hostile Internet environment, so it’s likely more vulnerabilities will be uncovered.

"Traditional anti-virus and perimeter security techniques do not offer complete protection – for this reason, organisations need to review their risk exposure, and plan their responses accordingly"

He goes on to list four options to deal with the issues, including disabling Java, educating users, and taking further steps to protect critical information assets.

Adrian Spink is a new expert panellist on Find the Edge and will be sharing his extensive IT security knowledge on the site in the coming months.

CEO of an award winning company - and with almost 25 years' worth of experience under his belt - his knowledge is only going to become more valuable as new threats emerge and transform.

More about him can be read here: http://www.findtheedge.co.uk/expert-panelist/adrian-spink.

Kenny Goodman, founder of Find the Edge said: "As companies become more and more reliant on the internet, the need to take cyber-security seriously is growing on a daily basis.

"Protecting your valuable data and information from the kind of vulnerabilities Adrian discusses should be a real priority."

The full article can be read here: http://www.findtheedge.co.uk/technology/security/what-are-java-zero-day-attacks-and-how-can-they-affect-you.

Find the Edge is a new business website that offers information and advice to business leaders, sourced from other industry professionals.

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