Devotion to continued data protection should be any business’s top priority in 2015, especially smaller organizations. Never before have industries seen such dire straits when it comes to preserving the information and operations that allow it to function with strength and intelligence.
The truth is, if a company plans to participate in the digital marketplace, the proliferation of cyber attacks will now and forever be a serious and unavoidable threat. Two different studies have shown just how cunning cybercriminals are, but also how little businesses are doing in the way of data protection.
Report reveals the acceleration of cyberattack growth
Symantec recently released research stating how approximately 1 million new cyberthreats were created every day in 2014. Imagine playing basketball against a team of one million players. In the end, it doesn’t matter how well you handle the ball or shoot three-pointers, the numbers are stacked against you.
Unfortunately, a majority of these cyberattacks could think for themselves. The report added more than a quarter of these new threats were “virtual machine aware” at the beginning of the year, meaning they could intelligently navigate around preliminary forms of detection. Data compliance standards were designed with this idea in mind. Automating cybersecurity can’t cut it anymore. To keep your business and customers safe from hackers and criminals, you must provide ongoing threat management as well as implement a disaster recovery plan should the worst occur.
Experiment uncovers how quick customer data changes hands
If a cybersecurity breach compromises your customers’ information, how fast can the data be disseminated?
According to The Wall Street Journal blog, a team of researchers unloaded a data set of more than 1,500 bits of fabricated personal information onto a known black market site. Two weeks later, more than 1,000 people viewed the data and nearly 50 downloaded it for their own use.
Sure, your business probably won’t just plop your customer’s files right in the laps of cybercriminals and identity thieves. However, these people obviously enjoy a challenge. Otherwise, they wouldn’t be constantly improving upon their nefarious skill sets. So if these people are willing to bone up on their trade, why can’t the average business? After all, benefiting from the business intelligence gleaned from your customers means incorporating data protection and disaster relief into your daily operations.