How to significantly improve the security of your IT estate
Recently, I was sitting at home reading and abruptly, my power went out. There weren’t any weather issues and this had not happened before.
The next thing that came to my mind was: It’s Ransomware!
Thirty seconds later, my power returned, but my confidence in being secure didn't. Cybersecurity threats are at the point where they are physically affecting human life.
Lately, we have seen an increase in ransomware attacks targeted at schools, utility companies, and government institutions.
Historically, these types of organizations haven't had the infrastructure to protect against security threats.
With the increase in sophisticated cyber-attacks, it’s not just utility companies and government institutions, but every business in every industry is under the threat of attack.
So far this year, I have had the opportunity to conduct presentations to more than 200 businesses regarding cybersecurity trends and best practices.
Here are a few relevant statistics to keep in mind:
- 91% of attacks launch with a phishing email
- On average, it takes companies 6 months to detect a data breach
- About 50% of the risk companies face is by having multiple security vendors
Your data isn’t the only thing at risk. Security breaches can lead to blackmail, lawsuits, and fines totaling up to millions of dollars,
Three steps that will significantly help to increase the security status of your entire IT estate are:
- Train your employees on the importance of good security practices. Make it relevant and teach them what security red flags to look out for.
- Ensure you are building scalable and repeatable processes to detect and respond to breaches faster.
- Having multiple vendors is a great way to complicate your security infrastructure, which is likely to create greater vulnerabilities.
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