Is the glass half full or half empty when it comes to security?

Is the glass half full or half empty when it comes to security?

Is IT security improving, and will it continue to improve, or are the bad folks winning the battle? Are data breaches inevitable, and therefore it's all about managing the fallout from these, or is it possible to prevent security breaches from occurring? Digitalisation World asks vendors for their views on the digital security landscape. 

With the surge in ransomware attacks across various industries in the past few years, companies are continuously introduced to new and more advanced IT security systems. Unfortunately, it isn’t only the security systems that are improving – the attacks are also becoming more sophisticated and varied than ever before, as Marie Clutterbuck, Chief Marketing Officer, Tectrade, explains.

What recent reports also show is that there is a general lack of awareness among companies about both the threat and the IT systems in place. Surveys show that many companies are over-confident in their data protection abilities, and largely unaware of what type of IT security systems are in place and what data the company holds.  

2017 is widely considered to have been the worst year in data breach history with organisations such as WannaCry, Petya and SamSam dominating the headlines.

Zero-day attacks exploit unknown vulnerabilities, meaning there is no direct way to detect, let alone defend against them. That begs the fundamental question, how can we protect ourselves against the unknown? The simple answer to this overarching question is: we can’t. With these recent trends in mind, we argue that a cyber-attack is no longer a question of if but when. Whilst maintaining effective data protection systems is as important as ever, businesses in particular need to shift focus on how to recover data when the worst happens. By recovering data as quickly as possible, businesses can ensure that they can get their systems back online without halting operations or having to pay a fee – and doing so fast. 

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