It seems that everywhere we turn today there is a new kind of cyber attack on the news. Whether it’s an attack that steals your password or your financial data, it’s still a concern. Recently, there have been increasing reports regarding attacks that are launched against RDP servers. Known as Bruteforce attack attempts, to date, thousands of victims have been identified.
The news of hackers targeting RDP connections is certainly nothing new. This is a problem that has been going on for years. Developed by Microsoft, RDP is a proprietary protocol that offers users with a graphical interface the ability to connect with another computer using a network connection. Originally, RDP was designed to provide remote access on a LAN. As a result, security issues can occur when RDP is used by support teams over the Internet in order to establish a connection with off-network systems. This is because such a connection often requires the use of a VPN tunnel as well as firewall configurations that can ultimately result in compromised security, including the opening of default ports. Unfortunately, these ports are entirely too vulnerable and easy for hackers to locate by using a simple Internet scan. To make matters worse, the login credentials are frequently susceptible to Bruteforce attacks because they are often shared.
Why would a hacker want to hack a RDP connection? It’s actually quite lucrative. After a hacker has gained the login password for a RDP connection, he or she can take control of the system in which the RDP server is installed. Once that occurs, the hacker has free reign for planting malicious software into the system and can access all types of data.
Additionally, the hacker can also gain access to your organization’s internal network if the workstation that has been compromised is connected to the internal network. This means that the attacker can then gain access to all of the passwords that are installed on the affected system. Clearly, the consequences of such an attack can be significant and broad-ranging.
While it might seem prudent for IT departments to cease the use of RDP for remote access, given the dangers, it is still largely in use. The primary reason for this is that RDP does not require additional software and it is also quite easy to use, especially in terms of server administration.
There is an easier and more secure solution, however. By adding RHUB, RDP users can take advantage of a number of benefits, including the ability to connect securely to remote networks, collaborate with multiple users within a RDP session, and provide support from any type of desktop platform. Additionally, the RHUB remote support and Remote Access tools ensure that your network is protected while still giving you the same functionality as you enjoy with RDP.
If you are interested in learning more about how you can protect your system from hackers while still supporting remote access-enabled systems, contact us at 866-758-0984 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org