Is your business a target?
Targeted attacks – including Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs) – are some of the most dangerous risks for enterprises. However, while the threats – and techniques that cybercriminals use – are constantly evolving, too many businesses are relying on yesterday’s security technologies… to protect against today’s threats.
At the same time, the cost of launching a targeted attack has reduced – and many attackers are finding that even inexpensive toolsets can be highly effective. As a result, the volume of attacks has increased… and all businesses are vulnerable.
What is a targeted attack?
Targeted attacks are long-term processes that compromise security and give the attacker unauthorized control over the victim’s IT – plus help the attacker to avoid detection by traditional security technologies.
Although some attacks may use Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs) – which can be very effective, but expensive to implement – other attacks may use a single technique, such as advanced malware or a zero-day.
What an attack could cost you
Businesses that fall victim to a targeted attack, can suffer a wide range of costs and operational issues:
- Financial losses – via cybercrime
- Disruption of business processes
- Regulatory & compliance issues
- Legal action by customers, suppliers or employees
- Damage to competitive position and brand image
- Reactive costs to prevent further attacks – including:
- Training – to improve security department skills and users’ security awareness
- Staffing – including new job roles, segregation of duties and demand for additional expertise
- Eliminating weak points – to improve system security, remove vulnerabilities and implement targeted security solutions
Because targeted attacks are overseen by highly trained cybercriminals – that adapt each phase of their attack – businesses need a security strategy that’s underpinned by constantly evolving security intelligence.