Tackling today’s cyber threats requires a new way of thinking. Discover the three steps every organisation needs to take to secure their networks.
Fail to prepare and you prepare to fail.
According to our latest research, there’s every reason to be optimistic about the state of cyber security. But don’t let that lull you into a false sense of, well, security — there’s still much to be done to tackle a new breed of ruthless cyber criminal.
The good news is that many organisations now take cyber threats more seriously — with three-quarters including security on the agenda of board meetings.
However, as many as 97 per cent of companies have fallen victim to some form of digital attack. And only two in ten say they’re fully prepared to handle further threats to their networks.
So what more can you do to protect your organisation?
Change your approach to cyber crime.
The traditional security perimeter is no longer enough to keep cyber criminals off your network.
These days, you have to think differently about your security — and take a more proactive approach to tackling new threats.
Here are three important steps you need to take to achieve this:
1. Know your enemy.
To guess an attacker’s next move, you have to know who they are.
Now, you might imagine a lone hacker — the classic idea of a teenager on a home computer infiltrating your network for fun. Well, that’s no longer true. Today’s cyber criminal is a ruthless entrepreneur, building their burgeoning online business out of your stolen data.
2. Think like your attackers.
The next step is to get inside the mind of the criminal entrepreneur and identify their motivations.
And, being as they’re trying to run a business, they’ll aim to steal valuable resources like data or hold your network to ransom. Knowing this already gives you greater ability to protect yourself.
3. Take the fight to the criminals.
The best form of defence is attack. So now you know that cyber criminals operate using their own business model, you can hit them where it hurts — the wallet.
As well as restricting their ability to steal data, you have to collaborate with other organisations and law-enforcement agencies to stop criminals laundering and spending their ill-gotten gains.
Be ready to repel attacks — read the latest research.
Understanding how cyber crime has changed is an important part of protecting your organisation from the latest threats. And that’s exactly what we investigate in our latest report, ‘Taking the Offensive — Disrupting Cyber Crime’.
Put together in partnership with KPMG, we look at how your threat landscape changes quickly — and how you can keep up with it.
Discover more about how to outwit the new breed of criminal entrepreneur and defend your network against cyber attacks — download the report now.