The world has moved almost entirely to a digital platform and the business world is no exception. Valuable information is being housed and transmitted via the internet and mobile devices with no guarantee that intellectual property and customer data is secure.
Every organization is a target–regardless of its size or security posture. According to a 2014 Dell report, 87% of respondent organizations have reported a security breach, 73% in the last twelve months. In addition, the average cost of a compromised record is $230 resulting in a significant financial risk for businesses of all sizes. Costs of response are also rising 15% per year, and smaller organizations incur significantly higher proportional costs than larger organizations. Studies have shown that 23% of recipients open phishing messages and 11% open the attachments.
Regardless of company size, the risk of a security breach can result in lost time and productivity. Business disruption costs equal 38% of the total recovery cost. A typical breach can take over nine months to be detected.
Recent large scale breaches have occurred not as the result of technology failure, but rather, via human failure. Currently, 80% of security spending is for perimeter security which is only effective for 30% of the risk. This would suggest that there is a strategic gap between security risks and security solutions.
At UHY, we view cyber security as a strategic issue, not a tactical issue. Our team of experts will guide you through the ever-changing challenges of cyber security with proactive advice and insight, and the objective of keeping your company’s digital property secure. Our service offerings are focused on ensuring that your cyber security program covers all three critical elements; People, Process, and Technology.
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A new ransomware attack is underway world-wide, already targeting 20 million plus victims in the first few days. Here are the key facts to date: attack comes via email from Herbalife confirming an order or from a more generic "copier@______" address, email includes an attachment which when opened launches the ransomware, here may be as many as 8,000 variants of the email messages, no victims that have paid a ransom have received a decryption tool thus far
Hackers successfully acquired access to 143 million individuals' Social Security number, driver's license numbers, and credit card numbers. Equifax's breach affects nearly half of the U.S. population.
Hackers are increasingly targeting companies at an alarming rate. It only takes one click to bring the services of a company to a halt. Most believe that having the best firewalls in place will mitigate this risk, but in reality their most vulnerable firewall is the human firewall. Security training and awareness most be continuous to keep up with ever-evolving threats. Especially since hackers are always one day ahead of the firewalls that protect you.