A recent study showed a rapid rise of IT security breaches for United Kingdom companies during 2018 according to endpoint security firm Carbon Black.
This increase in active cybersecurity threats has resulted in a corporate rise of IT spend in addition to other strategies to help mitigate risk.
Malware was cited as the most commonly encountered type of attack with ransomware in second position. One in five successful breach attempts came as a result of phishing which also highlights the importance of basic security hygiene as well as more sophisticated responses to threats.
Humans continue to be the weakest link when it comes to security, but they also hold the power when it comes to shoring up defenses.
Besides increased security spend by UK businesses there is also a trend towards initiating a culture of security awareness on defending against Internet threats. Once established, this culture of security awareness often becomes entrenched in an overall company’s business DNA.
Some companies have explored “threat hunting” as a proactive response to managing Internet threats.
Outside of initiating a culture of security, threat hunting, and increased IT security investment, an important industry trend is sharing the knowledge and experiences of incidents on a regular basis.
By practicing good security hygiene and increased collective threat awareness, organizations can greatly improve their overall security profile.