So the question you should ask yourself is : will your security stand up to the test?
In today's increasingly digital and interconnected world, the threat of hacks has grown both in frequency and sophistication. Cyberattacks are evolving at an alarming rate, making it a daunting challenge for individuals and organisations to stay ahead of the curve.
The Cyber Security Report 2023 uncovered some alarming trends, as follows:
- Nearly 1 billion emails were exposed in a single year, affecting 1 in 5 internet users.
- Data breaches cost businesses an average of $4.35 million in 2022.
- Over 236 million ransomware attacks occurred globally in the first half of 2022.
- 39% of Australian businesses reported suffering a cyber attack in 2022.
- Cyber crime cost businesses an average of $4200 in 2022.
- In 2020, malware attacks increased by 358% compared to 2019.
The question no longer revolves around if but when or more pertinently; would you even know whether you have been breached?
Hackers are employing advanced techniques and leveraging a wide array of vulnerabilities, often remaining undetected until they've already caused significant damage. This necessitates a proactive and vigilant approach to cybersecurity, emphasising not only prevention but also rapid detection and response to protect against the ever-present threat of cyber intrusion.
An attackers dream…. just keep on trying!
An organisation's network, if left open and inadequately secured, can become an attacker's dream playground for several compelling reasons. First and foremost, an open network provides attackers with unrestricted access to a wealth of sensitive information and critical resources, making it an attractive target. This can include proprietary data, customer information, financial records, and more, all of which can be exploited for financial gain or malicious purposes. Moreover, an unsecured network allows attackers to move laterally within the organization's infrastructure, potentially accessing even more valuable assets - perhaps without you even knowing they are into your organisations most critical assets.
Prevent first, detect and respond second
Would you leave all the doors open to your home and let people you don’t know roam around to find your most valuable items?
Detection is very similar to your home being breached and while hundreds of people are looking through your belongs, your security cameras are monitoring their activity to hopefully identify if anything untoward occurred. Can you imagine the resource required to watch all of these cameras, all of the time across all of your properties and rooms? Literally needle and haystack time!
Wouldn't it be much better if you could lock down all the doors, windows and hallways - as well as only allowing family and friends access the rooms you want them to. This would be amazing home security.
This is what ditno delivers for your business.
How would you even know?
If an organisation is not able to detail what systems or devices they actually have in place, or how these applications are communicating with each other within its network, it faces a significant security risk.
The lack of visibility into these interactions can make it challenging to identify potential vulnerabilities and weaknesses that attackers may exploit.
To mitigate this risk, ditno has devised a simple and inexpensive Health Check which enables our clients to ultimately deliver a comprehensive network governance and micro-segmentation strategy. Amongst other techniques ditno will deliver to you, enabling network micro-segmentation will help isolate critical assets from less critical ones, reducing your attack surface and making it more challenging for attackers to move laterally within your network.
Please click here to arrange to speak to ditno about how we can provide our Health Check service to you and start your journey from unknown to known.
Ensuring your board/business owner really understands
ditno have experience of working with many boards and we have learnt that not having a clear picture of what's happening across your organisation's network poses a significant risk in itself. Obtaining this view is not something just for the IT team to consider and manage - clarity on what is being deployed by any business should be easy to review in a board meeting.
All business leaders have critical systems and applications and they need to have confidence as to how their data and processes are being properly protected.
In today's digital age, our reliance on technology is paramount, and the consequences of not being aware of network activities can be substantial. Back to the house analogy, if you do not have floor plans that depict each room and their individual layout - you are never going to be able to build a secure structure.
Without comprehensive insights into our network's operations and security, we leave ourselves vulnerable to cyber threats and potential breaches that could have dire consequences for our business and its stakeholders. To effectively safeguard our organisation, we must prioritise network visibility and invest in the necessary security tools and expertise to mitigate these risks.
Take a look at how ditno helps all business leaders to manage risk simply and comprehensively with our Health Check service.