In the age of technology, we can stay connected whenever, wherever. Yet, this level of connectivity comes at a price of new perils. Though our information collection has streamlined, it has never been so vulnerable and protecting this information has become equally as important as protecting our physical property. The lengths you take to secure your house, car and other valuables should be directly translated to your digital information for its value is comparatively measurable.
The year 2020 was notably the most active year (in memory) for cyberattacks (Kurtz 2021). For some organizations, as their employees retreated to hastily equipped home offices, the amount of cyberattacks was unrelenting and overwhelming. The windfall of easy access to sensitive data and networks was like taking ‘candy from a baby’ for cyber predators, which then amounted to a record-setting year for eCrime and targeted intrusion adversaries. To put into perspective the dangers of cybersecurity, not even the global pandemic could slow the pace of or pause targeted attacks.
As we continue to ramp up our data collection, the risk of cybersecurity incidents and hacking techniques grows increasingly severe. These capabilities are used to destroy, access, or alter sensitive information for monetary gain or disruption of business. Remedying these types of breaches is an expensive affair and can often lead to setting up completely new infrastructure, which can be timely and costly. To mount a meaningful defense, is to maintain the security of our IT assets, as a single cybersecurity incident can have a significant impact on our efficiency and productivity. It is integral for organizations to establish a set of comprehensive strategies for managing security risks, internal processes, software tools and all things IT. We need to protect our information like we protect our houses.
For organizations to adapt to changing conditions and withstand and recover rapidly from disruption, critical infrastructure protection and resilience is integral. Cyber resilience is the ability of an organization to prepare, respond and recover when cyberattacks happen (RSI Security, 2019). With a Cyber resilient framework in place, preventative measures are performed to defend all insecure parts in the infrastructure. This in turn, enables your system to defend itself against attacks, limit the effects of an attack and guarantees that your system will continue to operate during and after an attack.
As we continue to rely on technology to protect and store our intellectual property, using only traditional security measures will (if not already) no longer be enough. It is reasonable to assume that cyber predators, with their contemporary techniques, will eventually gain access to our systems; organizations must prepare strategies to withstand these cybercrimes. With the right technology in place, your organization can achieve sufficient cyber resilience and feel confident that your system is protected.
Since the demand for information security has increased, applications to ensure virtual protection are completely attainable. If your company lacks subject matter experts in IT and cybersecurity, New Value Solutions can help. Our IT professionals are equipped with the tools and knowledge necessary to proactively identify and remediate discovered vulnerabilities in your system. With our expertise and outstanding service track record, we go through all the steps to ensure that your online safety is dependable.
2021 Global Threat Report: Analyzing a Year of Chaos and Courage. Kurtz, George. (2021).