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Cybercriminals are busy innovators, adapting their weapons and attack strategies, and ruthlessly roaming the web in search of their next big score.

Every manner of sensitive information, such as confidential employee records, customers’ financial data, protected medical documents, and government files, are all subject to their relentless threats to cybersecurity.

Solutions span a broad spectrum, from training email users to ensuring a VPN kill switch is in place, to adding extensive advanced layers of network protection.

To successfully guard against severe threats from hackers, worm viruses to malware, such as botnet attacks, network managers need to use all tools and methods that fit well into a comprehensive cyber defense strategy.

Of all the menaces mentioned above to a website owner’s peace of mind, botnets arguably present the most unsettling form of security risk. They’re not the mere achievements of malicious amateur cybercriminals.

They’re state-of-the-dark-art cyber-crafts. What’s most rattling about them, perhaps, is their stealth, their ability to lurk around seeking vulnerabilities to exploit invisibly.

How Do Botnets Work?

Proliferating botnets is not one of the more straightforward strategic hacking weapons. Botnets are subtle data-extracting malware. They infiltrate networks, unauthorisedly access computers, and allow malware to continue operating without disruption for users, while they steal data and funnel it outside the victim network and into awaiting “botmasters,” evading detection throughout the process.

What Can You Do to Stop Botnets?

The front line of cyber defense has got to be manned by people — real people working at their computers, doing their everyday tasks in the office.

The best defense against ever-evolving threats is to educate the users who are the perpetrators’ prime targets. These particular front lines span the spectrum of web interactions, from email to social media.

It’s recommended to implement a strategy that incorporates as many of the following approaches, from some basics to more sophisticated solutions, as practicable for your organization:

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