The world of cyber security is hard to defend because of its very complex constitution. For the user, the multiplex nature of an IT network is its greatest advantage, but for the cyber security officer, it’s its greatest risk. With so many threat factors to pay attention to and prepare defense mechanisms for, detecting a cyber attack is quite challenging. Here are 5 things that make it hard to do.
One of the most important things to do when experiencing a cyber attack is to detect and respond to it as soon as possible so as not to allow the attacker too much time inside your IT network. The less time they spend rummaging around and endangering the structure and all the data stored, the less damage to the company’s finances and reputation will be inflicted. Here is how to respond to cyber attacks quickly with SPEED!
Cyber security has become such a widespread concern for organizations of all types and sizes that it requires dealing with in a systematic manner. The high-profile nature of certain cyber attacks – Facebook, Google, British Airways, Equifax, Anthem, Home Depot, Yahoo, Sony, and Uber, to name a few – hides the fact that while the form, size, and intent of attacks tend to vary, the threat looms over private, public, and not-for-profit organizations alike in every corner of the world. Colleges and universities have fallen prey to costly ransomware attacks, havoc has been wreaked on banks in Italy, Canada, and Bangladesh, and Russian hackers hijacked the 2016 federal election through a simple phishing scam. Such attacks are alarmingly easy to design and deploy. Phishing, for example, requires only a single distracted click on a link in an email or text. Once the automated malware has gained a foothold, IT networks can be crippled in a matter of minutes. And that is just one of the many dangers lurking out there in cyber space.
With the number of cyber threats, as well as successfully performed attacks, rising on a daily basis, businesses, regardless of their size, need to be more vigilant, prepared and quick to respond. Actually, small businesses have more at stake here since suffering a cyber attack for the majority of them means closing their doors.
Nowadays, practically a day doesn’t go by that we haven’t been reluctantly informed of another breach in data security. Sensitive information belonging to millions of users is constantly at risk and it seems like even the big players like Facebook and Google (and by extension, the little guys) haven’t been able to keep security on a satisfactory level. In turn, we – the users – have been informed of said security breaches after quite some time has passed and kindly asked to change our login information. Which begs the question, is it so difficult to detect a cyber attack? And why exactly?
Not only have women been in the cyber security field for a century now – many of them playing a crucial role in laying the groundwork for the infrastructure and industry itself – but they also bring versatile high-level knowledge to the table just by entering the industry. Even though they are often stepped over when it comes to giving credit, there are quite a few women who were ahead of their time and whose influence we can sense even today. Let’s see who they are!
Cyber security is becoming an increasingly important topic for businesses everywhere. With cyber attacks happening on a daily basis, it is of the utmost importance to be on constant alert and have a comprehensive cyber security strategy in place. In other words – a unified approach to keeping the company assets safe in cyberspace. But how do women fit into the industry? We give you 3 reasons cyber security needs women.
Cyber security is not a growing concern, but a constant one if you care about preserving your business in cyberspace. Cyber attacks cannot be considered isolated events anymore – they are now long-term campaigns by attackers who are honing their skills and using a sophisticated combination of social engineering and technical skills to infiltrate your IT network. Not only that, cyber thievery has been made into an entire industry with its own economy which is why cyber security cannot be planned and executed in isolation from other processes in the company. To protect your business, you need to have a detailed and elaborate cyber security strategy – one that is covering all the bases: all the vulnerabilities, all the types of attacks and all the relevant defence measures. You can read more about who needs a cyber security strategy and why in one of our previous blog posts, but for now let’s see what is driving the cyber security economy and making doing business difficult for you.
Making the headlines more and more often, cyber attacks have become part of our everyday existence. Equifax, Verizon, Shadow Brokers, WannaCry, NotPetya, Locky, Bad Rabbit – they are no longer funny names for scary new cyber threats no one knows quite enough about, but cautionary tales about companies failing to monitor and protect their networks as well as users neglecting basic security hygiene.
But first, how to know your company is in grave danger out there?
Cyber attacks long ago stopped being the stuff of elaborate Sci-Fi movie plots so much so that they cannot even be called isolated events anymore. In 2018, cyber attacks are long-term campaigns by attackers who are honing their mad skills every single day and using a sophisticated combination of social engineering and technical skills to infiltrate your IT network and gain access to your confidential personal and business assets. (Read why your business needs cyber security in one of our other blog posts.) Moreover, as their prowess improves, the number of cyber attack prevention instruments decreases. One anti-malware program won’t protect you and your business from nefarious actions, no matter how good. Now you need an entire cyber security strategy in place.