The way cybercrime is portrayed in the media often leads us to believe that an attack is in the same vein as a stealth break-in at a bank; quick, calculated and inescapable once it's occurred. But the sad reality is, in all likelihood there will be no flashing red lights and alarms to let you know when it's happened... the hackers have probably already been in there for months before anyone notices.
Rather than waiting to be breached, businesses need to get wise to the fact that it probably is going to happen. They just need to have the right technologies in place to stop it getting out of hand.
Much like how road signs are often not implemented until after a severe accident, is cybercrime just a symptom of a lack of measures being in place as a result of thinking it would never happen in that particular company?
According to a study released last month, the cost of cybercrime rose 19 percent in the past year, and the average company is now spending 82 percent more defending itself than it did in 2009. A recent survey by the Ponemon Institute showed that advanced threats don’t typically get resolved until 98 to 197 days after they’ve been discovered. This is more than enough time for a determined hacker to get inside and wreak massive damage. What’s more, many attacks go undiscovered for years.