It's not just foriegn governments anymore. Digital-based systems are under constant threat from nefarious actors, large to small. This is a fact.
Attacks are happening on a daily basis. Most are effectively controlled and mitigated. Some are not.
How can you know if you have been, or are currently, under attacked?Most incidents go undetected for days, months, or years. If systems are not in place to detect attempts, you may already have been comprimised!
The ramifications of an attack on your organization are immense. Data loss, data breach, loss of user/customer confidence, to name a few. Your IT staff needs the backing of a comprehensive plan, focused on security. Taking appropriate measures to assist your IT personnel shows forward thinking and a grasp of the obstacles of todays world.
So how do you stay protected?
You may not be able to be 100% protected. But you can have peace of mind knowing that you did as much as you could to keep your systems secure.
A thorough risk assessment is the most critical component to staying secure. Often it is thought that an air gapped infrastructure is enough. Unfortunately, it is not. This risk assessment identifies areas of vulnerability that are often overlooked and easily exploited.
Your systems can have the software and skills to monitor for suspicious activity on a 24/7 basis. Without this active monitoring, your risk may be significantly higher.
Whether you respond with your internal team, or you have a hired team, how you respond in these immediate minutes after an attack can mean the difference between survival and destruction of your organization.
A planned response should also include PR and legal activities to minimize non-technical damages.
Although not yet required by law, it is highly recommended that your incident be reported to DHS. The Gadfly Project, through its partner the National Cyber Security Society, has jointly developed one of only a few automated reporting interfaces available in the private sector. This direct link to DHS ensures prompt action, consideration, and response.
May Soon be Required by LawCommercial and public infrastructures may soon be required by law to have mitigation and response plans in place. Stay ahead of the curve, and your competitors, by acting now not reacting later.
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