According to the Verizon 2015 Data Breach Investigations Report, there have been 79,790 security incidents reported. This amounts to around 218 security incidents per day, or, roughly about 10 incidents an hour. Oh, and here’s the best part: 60% of the attackers are able to compromise an organization’s data within minutes. That’s MINUTES!
These statistics are a stark reminder of the recent surge of notorious security breaches—namely, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Target, and JPMorgan Chase & Co. When going through the specifics of the attacks, as an IT security specialist or network engineer, you might be thinking in the back of your mind “how prepared am I to handle a security breach?”
IT security is a continuous process. It needs to evolve and continue getting better at preventing cyber-attacks. Staying one step ahead of the game is what every IT pro wants (and needs) to do. But, where do you start? And, what does it look like when you’re there?
As presented in the infographic below, getting these 4 things right will help you be better equipped to handle cyber-attacks:
- Keep your software up-to-date.
- Educate your users/employees that there could be something “phishy.”
- Monitor and alert in real-time to avoid being a sitting duck.
- Foster teamwork and knowledge sharing.