Vigilance as a Service
The speed of digital adoption has been such that we really haven’t previously seen such a drastic cultural change in our lives. Observe attendees at any business or social event and you’ll see they ensure that they have their mobile device with them and, surreptitiously or not, check regularly and respond regularly to the continuous data exchanges that are now a core part of our lives.
Most of our work-related tasks ; our shopping, banking, job applications, and just about every other aspect of our daily functions can be completed in our connected digital world - which does of course, expose us to more risk. Cyber criminals, cyber vandals and just the intrusively curious pose a very real threat to our identities, our financials, our businesses, and even our wellbeing.
The digital world has not only become much more accessible for the would-be cybercriminal, but it has also made it easier to be one – the dark web promotes services such as hacking as a service, ‘denial of service’ as a Service, malware for hire, ransomware customised for specific targets, as well black ops cyber training courses. In short; hacking basics all the way to fully advanced levels of cyberattack strategies. Most successful cybercriminals can remain undetected in target environments for months, even years, slowly and imperceptibly syphoning funds and/or company data.
This obviously means we must safeguard our exposure. Our identities are invaluable. Our credentials and identity integrity once compromised, could ruin us as well as our employer. Generally, not publicly proclaimed, the incidence of financial fraud here in Ireland is staggering – simple email hijacking from a trusted employee like the CEO or CFO, instructing a finance or procurement department to use ‘new’ account details for payments, can and does go on, undetected.
Our data has also gone from informative to critical. We’ve seen businesses go out of business because their core data was taken/copied by an ex-employee for example and then used to steal customers away for their new employer, devastating the initial organisation.
Almost every threat assessment we carry out these days identifies unauthorised or, to be honest, usually completely unknown stashes of company data. Even employees using their personal Drop Box or other cloud storage accounts for business data, not done maliciously but obviously uncontrolled and insecure, pose a significant risk.
Maintaining a constant vigilance on all the potential threat vectors is simply a reality that we must invoke. Failing to do so is like your home without insurance – complaining after the damage has been done with will derive little sympathy.
So, how can you maintain this level of vigilance? You do it simply by monitoring all potential threat vectors:
- Who’s accessing our information, from where, when and in what way?
- How are we ‘connected’ digitally and is it fully monitored and secured?
- What’s a ‘normal’ baseline of activity and how do we spot anomalies?
- What are the very latest threats and are we exposed to them?
- Are we employing the latest updates to safeguard our services?
Thankfully, by implementing round the clock security monitoring services, you can shine a torch on this darkened corner of our digital existence.
As the cybercriminals try new technologies and tactics, so too are we in the Information Security services industry. Maintaining a vigil of protection with modern detection platforms and technologies, machine learning processes with up to the millisecond updates on threat vectors, intelligent analytics and rapid containment and response services, we are equipping ourselves and our customers to stay ready, vigilant and protected.
Ergo delivers these through our Managed Detection and Response services.