All companies, organizations, or government agencies are vulnerable to a cyber-attack. Cyber-attacks, like ransomware takeovers, are becoming more frequent. While nothing can guarantee 100% protection - Quest IT Managed Services can give you peace of mind. Every organization has vulnerabilities in their IT protection plan, but Quest can provide the focus, depth, and security services to help close these gaps in today’s increasingly risky IT environment.
According to a Fortune article from October 2021, the Identity Theft Research Center (ITRC) is reporting that the number of data breaches so far this year has already surpassed the total number in all of 2020—and that this could be a record-breaking year for data compromises. Phishing and ransomware are the two most popular tools of hackers, says the ITRC. Many authorities are becoming more hesitant to discuss data breaches as well, so the actual numbers could be even bigger.
A separate study from IBM and the Ponemon Institute yielded the following statistics:
Remote work is not safer. Breaches cost over $1 million more on average when remote work was indicated as a factor in the event, compared to those in this group without this factor ($4.96 vs. $3.89 million.)
Healthcare breaches are by far the most costly. Pandemic related operational challenges resulted in an average $9.23 million per incident in the healthcare sector – a $2 million increase over the previous year.
Personal data is the most vulnerable. Nearly half (44%) of the breaches analyzed exposed customer personal data, such as name, email, password, or even healthcare data.
There are two key elements to maintaining your operational readiness against a cyber security threat:
Being able to find, identify and see “into” all of the endpoints (devices) on your corporate network in real-time
Assessing the situation, maintaining the staff, skills, and tools to react and respond
Much has been written about threats and tools — but the bottom line is being able to detect something questionable is happening and then quickly addressing the problem. At a minimum, your company must have: virus, malware protection, intrusion detection and protection. Attacks target: hardware, firmware, wearables, BYOD devices, 'Internet of Things' devices and infect through API’s, in addition to employee systems, cloud services, or e-mails. Such attacks include: malware, ransomware, and denial of service (DOS) attacks.
Most enterprises will be attacked or incur some cyber security issues every year, but Quest International can help your company prepare. It makes sense to have your IT Managed Services provider also provide you IT security services on the devices they already manage. IT Security now requires more resources and more skills. As sophisticated as IT breaches have become, some of the most practical solutions are quite simple. However, these solutions require constant attention and monitoring of employees, devices, and IT systems. The problem is companies have IT staff fixing IT infrastructure problems and end-user issues, all while working on internal projects. Without an “eyes-on” approach by skilled IT security professionals, you're leaving your company vulnerable to IT security breaches.
To be protected (nothing offers 100% protection) you need dedicated IT security staff, or an IT Managed Services Provider like Quest, which has a dedicated security staff and security protection tools.