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Welcome to Cyber Security Month

Welcome to Cyber Security Month

Having a month dedicated to cyber security is a little bit of a misnomer. It indicates that there are some months where you don’t think about cyber security. Granted I think about security daily, as that is my job, but I hope most of you are also aware of it and think about it more than one month out of the year. However; since we do have a month dedicated to it, I thought this would be a good time to discuss some basic statistics provided in Verizon’s 2018 Data Breach Investigations Report. As the report says, “data breaches aren’t just a problem for security professionals”.

  • 73% of cyber-attacks were done by outsiders, and 50% of those are organized criminal groups.
  • 76% of breaches are financially motivated. Cryptolocker, stealing data, etc – it all comes back to money.
  • 4% of people will click on any given phishing campaign. According to the Verizon Breach Report, people who click once, tend to click again.
  • 68% of breaches took a month or longer for the company to act. Since most breaches happen within a few minutes, time is of the essence.

All of those numbers are fairly scary, but there are things you can and should do to protect your company.

What should you be doing?

  • Monitor your network for abnormal behavior by looking at your Logs. Anything out of the norm could be an indicator of a vulnerability that cyber-criminals can take adv