It’s no great secret that cybercriminals are becoming more savvy when it comes to stealing information and tricking their targets into handing over private information or credentials. Major online threats such as ransomware have been steadily rising in prevalence for awhile, and are therefore a bigger threat than ever before to businesses like yours.
However, as the saying goes: Every storm cloud has a silver lining. In this case, that is the stiff line of defense that is automated threat detection and prevention. This industry, too, is becoming quicker and better at its job as time goes on.
The Current State of Threat Detection
Thus far into 2022, cyber-threats all around the world are being discovered much more quickly compared to last year. They’re often being found by internal cybersecurity teams instead of outsourced services, which may be due in part to increased education on the subject.
Cybersecurity has been the topic of interest on many people’s minds lately. The U.S. government recently signed the Cybersecurity Act of 2021 into law, and with warnings about Russian cyberattacks circulating regularly, it’s a hot topic of discussion in more circles than just the technology industry nowadays. Professionals from large organizations down to small businesses are abuzz with how to protect their systems from outside infiltration and even insider threats.
Currently, attacks on American businesses have a medium dwell time of 17 days, referring to how many days a breach goes unnoticed. This is 4 days fewer than the global average, although dwell times are going down on a general worldwide scale.
What does this all add up to, in simple terms? Threat detection software and education is becoming more effective. Businesses and people are getting on board with the latest capabilities every day.
Changes in the World of Threat Detection
In addition to legislation and word-of-mouth making professionals like yourself more aware of the modern cyber-threat landscape (and, thus, the ongoing need for better protection), the government is making an intentional effort toward protecting critical infrastructure and investing in cybersecurity.
Meanwhile, the capabilities of threat detection software have expanded.
- Use artificial intelligence to scan for abnormalities on the network, including users accessing unauthorized areas or activity at unusual hours
- Scan the Dark Web for stolen credentials and other PII
- When breaches are discovered, automatically alert the security expert or team in charge and begin any necessary processes to stop the threat from continuing
- Reduce the amount of time that the system is down so you can get back to work faster
- Protect your most critical and at-risk data 24/7
As security experts develop new ways to find and alert us to potential (or worse, successful) breaches, these technologies will become faster and more effective so as to combat the threats that cybercriminals are developing against their targets.
With the capabilities of threat detection software improving, businesses need to perform the recommended upgrades and updates to their devices in order to boost their security posture accordingly. Although updating your browser takes time and can change around the layout or navigation, it’s still worth it to be able to defend against trackers and malware, or whatever new features the upgrade affords.
Are you prepared to detect and respond to modern cyber-threats? Keep an eye on the latest news and innovations from the information security industry and defend against the biggest cyber-threats to your business!