Organizations must step up their cybersecurity capabilities

December 22, 2015 Arctic Wolf Networks

The reality of cyberattacks has become prevalent in headlines these days, as more businesses are breached and affected by system vulnerabilities. These cases have become a recurring reminder that no one is safe from these events, and that organizations must actively take steps to head off any potential consequences. If your company is not prepared for these types of incidents, you are not alone, but it's imperative to invest in tools like detection and response managed services to ensure that you are protected.

U.S. businesses lack preparation
There are a number of organizations that take a "wait and see" approach to cybersecurity, but by the time they need tools, it's already too late. According to a study by the Ponemon Institute, 32 percent of respondents believed that they would be able to recover from a cyberattack, and 75 percent noted that their company wasn't truly cyber resilient. These numbers are stark considering the impact that cyberattacks and data breaches have made across industries recently. To make matters worse, 70 percent don't even have a functioning cybersecurity response plan. If an incident were to occur, these organizations would feel the full effects and may even have to shut their doors due to their lack of oversight.

"We're at the next turning point now where businesses realize they can manage and minimize the damage and disruption they cause if they respond correctly. Get that in balance with prevention and detection and you'll dramatically improve your cyber resilience," industry expert John Bruce told SC​ Magazine.

Threats becoming more complex
If the increase in events aren't convincing organizations to become secure, the evolving sophistication of attacks might. According to contributor Daan Pepijn, organizations must consider and protect against attack vectors like cross-site scripting, distributed denial of service, social engineering and brute force attacks. While these threats may seem difficult alone, they are only the tip of the iceberg in terms of other active vulnerabilities.

"For your enterprise to be secure, you'll need to invest time and effort into designing the infrastructure that is best suited for your business," Pepijn wrote. "You'll want to make sure it is implemented and maintained correctly, and that it has safeguards against the many possible attacks it will face every day. Cutting corners can result in costly mistakes down the line."

In addition to the increasing types of threats, organizations must also realize that they now have more equipment to protect than ever. The Wall Street Journal noted that even underlying equipment like the cooling system in a data center can leave a network open to vulnerabilities and must be appropriately protected. Because many businesses fail to consider this type of hardware, it leaves them wide open to an attack and can bring down the entire operation.

By investing in DRMS, businesses will be able to monitor their systems for any unusual activity and quickly mitigate its potential effects. This will significantly boost an organization's ability to respond to such events and reduce any consequences that come as a result.

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