Welcome to “In Security,” the new biweekly web comic that takes a lighter look at the dark wave of threats crashing across business networks, endpoints, data and users. Click here for an introduction to the team and be sure to read Episode 001.

While we applaud the valiant efforts of the EveryApp IT team in determining the sole point of entry for the Pandapocalypse ransomware attack, the answer is simply not singular these days.

Today’s computer viruses pattern themselves after their biological namesake. They enter from various points to wreak havoc across multiple parts of the IT body. Ransomware, Trojans, spyware and malware are no longer singular forces. Instead, they act in concert, building on information gathered from previous attacks to deliver a fatal blow that sends data and productivity down the drain.

Illustrations by Nathan Salla

What’s the best way to fight a virus? An integrated approach to defense, similar to the human immune system. Hopefully, the EveryApp team will quickly see that a template for strong defenses already exists with IBM Security Immune System — a coordinated way of thinking about cyberdefense that easily shields the multitude of blows delivered by cybercriminals and black hats.

Come back in two weeks to see if the team can survive the next mauling of the Pandapocalypse and hopefully cauterize the wounds.

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