Dealing with a data breach: Handling the intruders

Dealing with a data breach: Handling the intruders

Dealing with a data breach: Handling the intruders

Security has never been a more pressing issue for businesses than it is now. Mobile working, the proliferation of increasingly sophisticated, connected devices, and the growing number of applications relied upon by the modern enterprise all represent potential risks that weren’t apparent in generations past.

There is a growing fear about the level of damage that cyberattacks could bring, so much so that the United Kingdom has launched a £1.9bn National Cyber Security Strategy to prevent such attacks.

This is seen as a necessary expenditure, as data breaches now constitute a game-changing loss for businesses. A recent study found that the average consolidated total cost of a data breach has grown to around $4 million. With this kind of money in play, the level of threat also evolves. The enterprise is no longer dealing with teenaged basement-dwellers.

Today, security is all about fending off organized crime syndicates hoping to exploit the security windows evolving technologies have opened. So, if your company is breached, what do you do? The answer might not be as obvious as you think.

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There are several ways that businesses can better equip themselves to tackle security threats, from end-to-end monitoring, which will allow security analysts to witness and act upon any suspicious activity throughout the organization, to ensuring that the appropriate tool kits are up to date.

Indeed, knowledge of the current landscape of attacker tools is a huge boon for companies looking to avoid infiltration. By being aware of the tools that attackers are using, you can better equip your company to combat them.

Of course, it’s not enough to know about what tools an attacker is using. You have to ensure that your tool kit is advanced enough to combat them.

Essentially, you don’t want to bring a knife to a gun fight. Herein lies a challenge for security analysts, who struggle with being able to program and code in time to keep up with these advances. Time and resources allotted to this task can reduce risk in the long run.

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