Another important trend that the report identifies is the fact that while hackers have long been seen as “lone-gunmen” types, they are increasingly organizing to share information and deliver more potent and effective attacks, more quickly than ever. They’re also taking on traits normally associated with legitimate businesses. For example, if one of your computers is impacted by ransomware, you’re actually given a help desk number to call so you can get your files unlocked.
All this to say that the hacking community is evolving at a frightening pace. Every time IT security professionals identify and protect against one threat, attackers are quick out the gates with something new and unexpected. In fact, last year saw a marked increase in the number of instances where an attack specifically targeted a zero-day and one-day exploits (one day exploits are vulnerabilities for which patches have been released, but have not yet been widely distributed).
There is some good news, however. It has been pointed out that a hefty percentage of these attacks can be prevented, simply by having a sound update policy in place at your company. Of course, depending on how many PCs are tied to your company’s network, “simple” might not be the correct term.
If you’re struggling to keep pace with changes in the industry, and are worried about the state of your company’s data security, contact us today. A member of our team can help evaluate your security weaknesses and help make your system more secure.