HP Tech@Work
Today's trends for tomorrow's business
Beware of Botnets

Beware of Botnets

Still lurking at a business near you

Botnets have been around for more than 20 years, and now that more small businesses are incorporating IoT and IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) in their day-to-day operations, the damage they can inflict has gone up exponentially. These united mobs of computers have the power to hamper your bottom line, prompt customer angst, and deliver an ongoing series of frustrating, performance-altering problems. Most often, you won’t even realize the damage botnets are causing until it’s too late.

Botnets defined

A growing global problem, botnets are a collection of computerized devices under the control of a hacker. The network consists of computers that have been infected with malware that allows them to be remotely controlled. The botnet can then be used to send spam emails, transmit malware and viruses, initiate distributed denial-of-service attacks, and contribute to cybercrime, which can include snagging sensitive business data ranging from financial records to customer data.
Also called a zombie army—given their interconnected nature of hundreds, thousands, or sometimes even millions of computers—botnets are considered one of most significant threats in today’s digital universe, and their impact is only growing. It’s estimated that 43% of small business endpoint breaches are the result of botnets[1] a rise propelled in part by an ever-accelerating black market for botnets among cybercriminals eager to use the botnets for fraud, data theft, and other illicit, moneymaking schemes.
Botnets are a particular risk to small businesses, which often lack the resources and expertise to be as digitally vigilant as a large-scale company. Botnets have the potential to put your business functions and productivity at risk. They can:
  • Distribute malware throughout your network, inhibiting computers and compromising important business information
  • Test stolen login details on banking or e-commerce websites to grab personal or financial data
  • Withhold, or encrypt, captured information until a ransom is paid (In 2018 the FBI saw 1,493 ransomware victims and more than $3.6 million in losses)

5 steps to thwart botnets

Botnets are an undeniable and growing risk, but there are proactive steps you can take to minimize your risk of being a victim:
  1. Use a different password for each account
  2. Install effective anti-malware software on your computer, and keep the software active and up-to-date
  3. Avoid downloading and running pirated software
  4. Incorporate biometric security across your company
  5. Use professional services to strengthen protection or rectify problems.

Keeping botnets at bay

Make no mistake, the threats posed by botnets are real and the potential consequences of a botnet attack can stymie your business’ ability to accomplish its goals. However, by taking a few simple, proactive steps, you can minimize your risk of being a victim and focus on your business’s performance—not crippling computer problems.
HP Care Packs offer additional protection to enhance and extend protection on your computers, and HP Smartfriend Services delivers both one-time and/or 24/7 support for software problems on any device.
[1] PrimePay, 23 cybersecurity stats your business needs to know

Disclosure: Our site may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page.

Disclaimer

Prices, specifications, availability and terms of offers may change without notice. Price protection, price matching or price guarantees do not apply to Intra-day, Daily Deals or limited-time promotions. Quantity limits may apply to orders, including orders for discounted and promotional items. Despite our best efforts, a small number of items may contain pricing, typography, or photography errors. Correct prices and promotions are validated at the time your order is placed. These terms apply only to products sold by HP.com; reseller offers may vary. Items sold by HP.com are not for immediate resale. Orders that do not comply with HP.com terms, conditions, and limitations may be cancelled. Contract and volume customers not eligible.

HP’s MSRP is subject to discount. HP’s MSRP price is shown as either a stand-alone price or as a strike-through price with a discounted or promotional price also listed. Discounted or promotional pricing is indicated by the presence of an additional higher MSRP strike-through price

The following applies to HP systems with Intel 6th Gen and other future-generation processors on systems shipping with Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 Pro systems downgraded to Windows 7 Professional, Windows 8 Pro, or Windows 8.1: This version of Windows running with the processor or chipsets used in this system has limited support from Microsoft. For more information about Microsoft’s support, please see Microsoft’s Support Lifecycle FAQ at https://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle

Ultrabook, Celeron, Celeron Inside, Core Inside, Intel, Intel Logo, Intel Atom, Intel Atom Inside, Intel Core, Intel Inside, Intel Inside Logo, Intel vPro, Itanium, Itanium Inside, Pentium, Pentium Inside, vPro Inside, Xeon, Xeon Phi, Xeon Inside, and Intel Optane are trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the U.S. and/or other countries.

In-home warranty is available only on select customizable HP desktop PCs. Need for in-home service is determined by HP support representative. Customer may be required to run system self-test programs or correct reported faults by following advice given over phone. On-site services provided only if issue can't be corrected remotely. Service not available holidays and weekends.

HP will transfer your name and address information, IP address, products ordered and associated costs and other personal information related to processing your application to Bill Me Later®. Bill Me Later will use that data under its privacy policy.

Microsoft Windows 10: Not all features are available in all editions or versions of Windows 10. Systems may require upgraded and/or separately purchased hardware, drivers, software or BIOS update to take full advantage of Windows 10 functionality. Windows 10 is automatically updated, which is always enabled. ISP fees may apply and additional requirements may apply over time for updates. See http://www.microsoft.com.

“Best All In One Printer” and “the easiest printer you’ve ever had to set up” from Wirecutter. ©2020 The Wirecutter, Inc.. All rights reserved. Used under license. https://www.nytimes.com/wirecutter/reviews/best-all-in-one-printer/

Get Marvel’s Avengers when you purchase HP gaming PCs with qualifying 9th gen or 10th gen Intel® Core™ i5, i7 and i9 processors. Redemption code will be sent out by email within 60 days of purchase. Limited quantities and while supply lasts. Offer valid thru 12/31/2020 only while supplies last. We reserve the right to replace titles in the offer for ones of equal or greater value. Certain titles may not be available to all consumers because of age restrictions. The Offer may be changed, cancelled, or suspended at any time, for any reason, without notice, at Intel’s reasonable discretion if its fairness or integrity affected whether due to human or technical error. The Offer sponsor is Intel Corporation, 2200 Mission College Blvd., Santa Clara, CA 95054, USA. To participate you must create an Intel Digital Hub Account, purchase a qualifying product during the redemption period, enter a valid Master Key, and respond to a brief survey. Information you submit is collected, stored, processed, and used on servers in the USA. For more information on offer details, eligibility, restrictions, and our privacy policy, visit https://softwareoffer.intel.com/offer/20Q3-19/terms.

© 2020 MARVEL. © Intel Corporation. Intel, the Intel logo, and other Intel marks are trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.

The personal information you provide will be used according to the HP Privacy Statement (https://www8.hp.com/us/en/privacy/ww-privacy.html)