Companies should move to active analytics solutions, such as Threat Hunting, an advanced detection technique
Cybersecurity and businesses: the level of protection continues to be insufficient. The number of breaches targeting businesses continues to grow and is not likely to decrease in the next few years, at least, because businesses are a reservoir of a lot of sensitive and confidential information.
Businesses have only one way to go: improve their cybersecurity. Treating cybercrime as a temporary problem is wrong. In fact, many experts suggest that managers and business owners consider cybersecurity as a business risk. It's important for companies, large or small, to completely change their approach. It may sound strange, but in most cases, hackers hit corporate IT systems with "simple" techniques. As an example, companies that don't make regular security updates can be breached with known exploits, i.e., malware that exploits the presence of known vulnerabilities.
How to Improve Cybersecurity
We mentioned that a paradigm shift is necessary. First, it's very important to make sure you have a leak-free network, starting, as mentioned earlier, with frequently updating all computing devices. This is a key action now that companies are going through digital transformation. Thinking of being protected only because the perimeter is defended by antivirus and other security techniques is risky.
Hackers, in fact, next to the classic attacks with malware and viruses, in which they launch the threat on the network trying to hit a high number of companies, often resort to targeted violations. These are specific attacks, where cybercriminals study the target and plan the violation with precision.
In these cases, the hackers, also using social engineering techniques, try to find the weak point to breach the target's computer systems.
So, acting only when there is an attempted attack detected by the IT network doesn't always work, especially considering that a hacker infection follows several stages: in fact, cybercriminals are likely to be inside the perimeter for a long time before they are discovered.
Many experts suggest turning to Threat Hunting techniques, that is, using active analysis tools that, unlike firewalls or other protection systems, don't go into action only after detecting the intrusion. Threat hunting systems - which often use EDR, which stands for Endpoint Detection and Response, an advanced detection technology - perform continuous analysis to identify and isolate possible breaches that have penetrated the perimeter.