- Identify – Are you exposed? Are your networks credentials for sale on the Dark Web?
- Protect- Are your endpoints protected? Is your network perimeter secure?
- Detect– Are you aware of suspicious activity? Do you have Visibility into your network?
- React– monitor your credentials, train your end users and develop your human firewall.
Although a heightened awareness of cybersecurity is becoming the new norm, many companies are struggling to secure their data in the face of increasingly sophisticated threats like phishing scams, ransomware, malware and botnets. According to the ITRC, the number of data breaches in the U.S. hit a new record high in 2017 with 1,579 incidents, a 44.7% increase over figures reported for 2016. Cybersecurity professionals are in a tight race with hackers to close vulnerabilities before they can be exploited, and many of them are losing.
Full awareness of all potential attack surfaces and reliable intelligence about threats are vital components of any organization’s self-defense against data breaches. The Dark Web is the hidden network where most stolen data is sold. There is a vast amount of information housed here, but few companies know how to access this data, evaluate it and minimize the damage it can cause.
Once exposed, your data can change ownership multiple times, especially if it is a valuable combination of information, attractive to cyber criminals. On the Dark Web, records are often made available in inexpensive bundles, being sold for as low as $10 per record. Much of this information is sensitive enough to do immediate damage, and fuels activities such as identity fraud, online extortion, credit card fraud, cyberespionage and even international money laundering.
Spear Phishing is an email targeted at a specific individual or department within an organization that appears to be from a trusted source. It’s actually cybercriminals attempting to steal confidential information.
A whopping 91% of cyberattacks and the resulting data breach begin with a “spear phishing” email, according to research from security software firm Trend Micro. This conclusively shows that end-users really are the weak link in IT security.
APT – Advanced Persistent Threats – abound! Organizations of all sizes have been plagued by sophisticated attacks that evade traditional signature-based defenses, resulting in the loss of personal information, millions of dollars, and permanent reputation damage. An APT Blocker puts a stop to these fast moving and persistent threats by using a next-generation cloud sandbox that simulates physical hardware, exposing malware designed to evade traditional network security defenses.
Cyber Security—What’s the Risk?
Across the small- to medium-size business landscape, security breaches are taking their toll. There has been a 41% increase in business disruption, which has reduced employee productivity by 33%. This, of course, causes massive spikes in your operational costs—not to mention an overall decrease in revenue by at least 9%.
Coupled with the theft or destruction of your data (or your customers’ data), can your business afford to shoulder those setbacks? Cyber security is no longer just for the Fortune 500 companies to worry about—many SMB businesses are closing their doors this year because they fell prey to a cyber attack.
Cyber Security has Evolved.
Cyber threats have evolved. In just a few short years, businesses large and small have been faced with advanced exploits, new phishing and social engineering techniques and dreaded ransomware that holds proprietary data hostage. These new attacks are more sophisticated and more dangerous than ever before, which means that the security solutions of the past aren’t enough anymore.
Luckily, cyber security has evolved, too. Modern cyber security has moved beyond off-the-shelf antivirus software to advanced software suites, featuring an array of capabilities, that are monitored and managed by technicians in a security operations center (SOC).
More importantly, cyber security no longer starts at the last moment—when issues arise. Today’s cyber security strategies include real-time threat monitoring, profiling for external and internal threats, risk assessment and more. And instead of a scramble if an incident should occur, immediate and effective remediation processes are already defined and ready to be executed.
Are you Following Cyber Security Best Practices?
Because phishing techniques and social engineering exploits are responsible for a large amount of security incidents, the next data breach can only be a click or phone call away.
To combat that risk, it’s important to have a culture of security instilled in your workplace, which is why we offer security awareness training as part of your complete cyber security plan. Your staff will have the training they need to keep your systems safe in the digital realm as well as the physical world, which can lead to the reduction of a risk of a cyber attack of 45 to 70 percent.
The threat is real—let’s protect your business.
If you’re ready to get serious about protecting your business from the increasing threat landscape, contact us today. We’ll provide a detailed security assessment, followed by a customized consultation o determine the best course of action to protect you best.
Don’t wait until it’s too late—contact us today!