How do you perform on a test that explores whether you're vulnerable to common viruses?

How are we testing?:

We use the older Zbot virus, an infamous strain that once targeted many commercial and retail banks, stealing millions of dollars. Our test only downloads enough data to trigger your network security system; it stops the virus download before it can infect your system. All anti-virus engines should detect and block this common virus at the network level or at the endpoint, even when delivered from a trusted or unknown CDN.


Why is this test important?:

Most websites, good and bad, are hosted on content delivery networks. Inline anti-virus engines using ICAP are typically setup to look only at selected content - and rarely inspect any content that is coming from a known content delivery network. Criminals take advantage of this setup by compromising legitimate websites as a way around security solutions. Without inline protection inspecting all traffic, including that from 'trusted' content delivery networks, your users are vulnerable to even old, common internet threats.


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Viruses Now Demand 'Ransom'

Viruses are software malicious programs performing unauthorized functions on your devices. In 2014, a virus called Cryptolocker, one of the early Ransomware variants, extorted more than 400,000 people by encrypting their files until they paid $300 to get them back. Even with a small percentage of ransoms paid, the criminals still earned more than $4 million.Source

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