E-retailers are coming up to the biggest shopping period in the year as the annual Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales events at the end of November slide into the December holiday season. In the UK, shoppers spent more than £3 billion over the weekend last year with many of those sales coming online. It’s clearly a fantastic revenue making opportunity for e-commerce providers. But it also represents a great window of opportunity that hackers could exploit to steal valuable customer personal and financial data. Cybercriminals love Black Friday as it allows them to go unnoticed in the increased volumes of transactions and internet traffic.
This is part 3 of a 4-part series examining data breaches, what they cost, why they are increasing in frequency, and what you can do about them.
In our September 6, 2016 post, we broke down the issue of dwell time, and its impact on the financial impact of a breach. In this blog we look at what’s behind the continuous increase in breaches.
British healthcare organisations, like their counterparts in the US and Europe, are currently facing a deluge of ransomware that threatens to overwhelm systems. Widely reported figures gleaned from an FoI request reveal nearly half (47%) of NHS Trusts in England have been infected over the past year. This is just the tip of the iceberg. Ransomware is one of many online threats facing healthcare IT bosses coming to terms with the fact patient data is increasingly highly sought after on the dark web.
The mission criticality of IT systems, rigorous compliance requirements and often stretched resources make securing these environments even more challenging. That’s why IT buyers need to consider a new approach designed to focus on east-west traffic inside the data centre.
When a security incident is detected in the data center, time is of the essence. The longer it takes to respond to an incident, the greater the potential damage. Yet even with the best planning, incident response is often slowed by uncertainty, due largely to the high volume of security alerts analysts have to deal with.
Distributed deception technology for the data center has the potential to tilt the playing field in favor of the security team, not only by accelerating incident response times but also by improving the effectiveness of security measures to combat breaches.