Due to increased public awareness about the importance of keeping online transactions and documents secure, cybercriminals have modified their network attack strategies. Technological advances over the past several years have enabled these cybercriminals to develop more innovative, as well as stealthy, ways to attack computer networks.
High profile data leaks and security breaches have been commonplace in the past few years, with instances of high-profile breaches of large tech companies often making the news. However, it’s not just tech giants who are at risk of having their business’ or their customers’ data accessed by outside entities; small and medium-size organizations across all industries can be at risk as well. Recently, such an example manifested at Georgia Tech University, where an unauthorized user of a university web application exposed information like names, birth dates, and social security numbers for up to 1.3 million people. The implications of these leaks can range from an outside actor simply viewing the data to find anything of use, to using the information they extract to discover perceived weaknesses at your firm, or even demanding a ransom for disposing of the data.
Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) may have one of the most stressful jobs in business. According to a Forbes report, 1 in 6 CISOs medicate or use alcohol to combat workplace stress. That same report uncovered that less than a third of CISOs are in their job for more than three years. Additionally, 91% of the CISO report respondents say they suffer moderate or high stress.
As humans, we are constantly weighing the odds of particular events happening, more specifically we identify the likelihood of negative events happening to us as lesser than them happening to someone else. This “that won’t happen to me” attitude is the main reason why we so often take a reactive approach to security. For example, your house gets broken into. From a reactive standpoint, you call the police, go out and buy a security camera, change the locks on your doors, etc. The proactive approach would suggest that you do all of this before the break-in occurs so that you've implemented the cameras, get that guard dog, and change the locks before an incident even occurs. For security issues that pertain to your business and its data, a reactive approach won’t cut it, and will often result in prolonged downtime and unexpected data loss. With security breaches on the rise, the important thing to realize is that it is no longer a matter of IF you will be affected, but when.
There has been an exponential increase in the rate of cybercrime over the past several years as enterprises increasingly conduct more of their business activities online. Cybercriminals have developed more sophisticated tools that offer them greater ability to penetrate and compromise the networks of unsuspecting enterprises, with resulting adverse consequences. There are about 130 reported network security breaches yearly. In 2018 alone, the estimated amount of money lost by businesses globally as a result of cybercrime was $600 billion, corresponding to about 0.8 percent of the global GDP.
At one point in time cybersecurity was considered to be an afterthought but is now an essential consideration in the building as well as maintenance of a cyber network. With more business transactions being conducted online, cybercriminals are constantly devising innovative ways to penetrate cyber networks, making away with valuable data and causing severe damage to the impacted business in the process. It is therefore important that businesses utilize every security tool at their disposal to ensure that their networks are kept secure. Using only one type of security tool is no longer sufficient in offering adequate cyber protection.
About 52% of businesses are failing to run thorough vulnerability assessments. This issue is made more troublesome because every business faces cyber-attacks these days. As attacks increase in prevalence and sophistication, cyber-attacks have become a matter of when, not if.
One of the challenges faced by businesses that conduct activities online is how to keep their computer networks secure from threats. Hackers and other malicious actors constantly look for ways to penetrate computer networks and access personal or proprietary data. This data, once accessed, is used for various sorts of illegal activities, typically at the expense of the business or the individuals whose personal information was compromised.
In response to the increased sophistication and devastating consequences of cyber attacks, businesses have gradually transitioned their cybersecurity strategy away from on-premise security solutions and Managed Security Service Providers (MSSPs) to the Security-as-a-Service (SECaaS) model. With SECaaS, a third-party cloud provider assumes the responsibility for the development and maintenance of a business' cyber-security strategy. In 2015, the worldwide market for SECaaS was at $3.12 billion. This market size is projected to reach $8.52 billion by 2020, at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 22.2%.
Over the past several years, there has been a shift by businesses from physical or local network security services to cloud-based services. Initially slow, the shift to cloud-based security services, formally known as Security-as-a-Service (SECaaS) has exponentially increased. The reason? Businesses have become more aware of SECaaS benefits, especially when compared to traditional network security strategies. As a result, there has been an increase in market share for SECaaS; formerly at $3.12 billion in 2015, the market share is projected to reach $8.52 billion by 2020.