Every day, cybercriminals gain access to personal information and corporate data by hacking into networks. One method they use is Remote Desktop Protocol (or RDP).

What is Remote Desktop Protocol?

Remote Desktop Protocol is a service that allows users to access a computer or server from a remote site. All machines using RDP must first be installed with specific software, most of the time Microsoft Windows, for this capability to work.

Due to an influx of employees working at home, many companies have utilized this software, making it possible for operations to continue.

RDP works like a remote control, where you use your keyboard and mouse to maneuver around your work PC via your network connection. You can see your work computer screen displayed in front of you, as you would if you were in the office.

There will be a slight lag in computing time because all keyboard strokes and mouse movements have to be encrypted for security purposes, but it otherwise performs as if you were in the office yourself.

How Hackers Access Sensitive Information

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RDP hacking is so commonplace now that there are articles detailing how to carry out an attack. Hackers can pinpoint a vulnerable location because of the high level of activity from users and direct their attacks. Once a hacker logs onto your network, he can access your computer just like any other user.

Cybercriminals can steal company information or your private data, or even install viruses onto your machine via Remote Desktop Protocol, all without your knowledge. Most companies won’t know they’ve been compromised until their stolen information is being leveraged against them, in a threat known as a ransomware attack.

Components of a Protective Cybersecurity System

Luckily, there are several ways you can protect your remote desktops. Here are some main components of a cybersecurity system to combat RDP hacking:

Change the Listening Port

One way to prevent an attack would be to change the listening port to another setting. This would eliminate the greatest vulnerability to your system, as accessing information through the listening port is the easiest way for hackers to worm their way into your servers.

Use Multi-Factor Authentication

Another way to keep your network free from hackers would be to require two-factor or even multi-factor authentication for logins. A standard password is easy for an attacker to hack. Requiring biometrics and codes via mobile devices adds an extra layer of security to your IT system.

Update Your System

Ensure that your servers and computers have current patches and software updates. If Microsoft detects a weakness in its RDP software, it will release a patch to correct it. Hackers are on the lookout for out-of-date systems to strike against.

Set up a Firewall

Your business might want to set up a firewall for added safety. This will only allow traffic from specific IP addresses to access your network. This extra layer of security will add to your peace of mind.

ITS Group Can Help Stop RDP Attacks

Our team of qualified IT technicians can configure your networks to protect against attacks from cybercriminals. Remote Desktop Protocols leave you susceptible to having important data stolen, but ITS Group can develop a comprehensive cybersecurity plan for your business to protect that data.

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