Educating users is an undeniably effective way to protect them from phishing and other malware, but it takes much more than that to stop attacks. There are many risks to networks that user education can’t reduce—from malicious sites mistakenly categorized as benign to watering-hole attacks that infect trusted sites. To combat these challenges, businesses need well-designed antimalware that protects across the wide variety of attack vectors and infection stages. That’s where multi-vector protection comes in.
According to analysts, effective multi-vector protection must be able to predict, prevent, detect, contain, and remediate cyberattacks.1 In other words, they recommend security across numerous attack stages to prevent malware from loading or executing in the first place.2 This kind of multi- vector defense is crucial for an effective, layered cybersecurity strategy. This paper focuses on multi-vector protection as it relates to business endpoints and their cyber defense layers.
An attack vector is any method cybercriminals may use to compromise internet users or devices. According to Tech Target:
“An attack vector is a path or means by which a hacker (or cracker) can gain access to a computer or network server in order to deliver a payload or malicious outcome. Attack vectors enable hackers to exploit system vulnerabilities, including the human element. Attack vectors include viruses, e-mail attachments, web pages, pop-up windows, instant messages, chat rooms, and deception.
“To some extent, firewalls and antivirus software can block attack vectors. But no protection method is totally attack-proof. A defense method that is effective today may not remain so for long, because hackers are constantly updating attack vectors, and seeking new ones, in their quest to gain unauthorized access to computers and servers.”