Would you know if your I.T. has been breached?

Published: 26th February 2020

So, how do you know if your IT has been breached?

Increasingly we hear of high-profile breaches of household names including Travelex, Capital One, Marriot and Equifax. The problem, however, is not limited to the Enterprise business, as despite popular opinion cybercriminals are not worried about notoriety.

SMB and Mid-Market businesses are very much a target, due to poorer overall security and lack of resource to detect a breach in the first place.

To any business large or small, your data is everything!

Cybercriminals will now use a variety of methods to access corporate systems and steal company information and user credentials.

Whilst ransomware attacks are highly visible and have an immediate impact on business; many attacks can go unnoticed in some cases for months or years while the hackers continue to access your private information.

We regularly hear from companies “We have invested heavily in our IT perimeter security, so this isn’t an issue for us”

Great, you have reduced your exposure externally. The keyword being reduced, as no security solution is infallible. It’s worth noting that internal data leakage both intentional and accidental are not typically covered by these solutions.

As data no longer just resides within the company perimeter the current rule of thinking is that no one can be trusted and the term ‘Zero Trust’ has gathered momentum.

Microsoft believes that the “Zero Trust” strategy should be woven throughout your organisations architectures, technology selections, operational processes, as well as throughout the culture of your organisation and mindset of your people.

So the next step is that companies will look to implement new technology to monitor every aspect of their IT environment but here’s the conundrum. The business will now be generating so much security data logs and analytics that it can all become noise.

New solutions such as Security Information and Event Management ‘SIEM’ are now commonplace in large enterprises who can afford to employ dedicated security teams to holistically view the data for anomalies and respond accordingly.

But dedicated Security Operation Centres are not feasible in smaller businesses and are in most cases too costly.

This is where innovative technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning and Behavioural Analysis are helping to bridge the gap for SMBs. These technologies form the basis of what is commonly known in the industry as the “Next Generation” of security products. They are designed to protect organisations against the latest threats and give organisations better visibility of the flow of their data inside and outside the network.

Keep an eye out for our upcoming webinars and events where we’ll be discussing the most common security problems facing businesses in 2020 and how best to stay protected.