The Ashley Madison data breach? Peanuts compared to this.
A secret NSA map discovered by NBC News shows that as of February 2014 — which means there are likely many more by now — the NSA had mapped over 600 security breaches by hackers from China on corporate, private and government/military organizations in he U.S. over the past 10 years, where hackers successfully stole corporate and military secrets. Victims included the almighty Google and Lockheed Martin, a major defense contractor for the United States.
If Chinese hackers can get past Google and security contractor Lockheed Martin’s data defenses, are you confident you have sufficient processes in place to defend your data?
How Did They Do It?
91% of cyber attacks occur when access is granted by an unsuspecting employee. The attack is delivered by email, links and through downloads or “spear phishing.”
Spear phishing strategically targets individual employees with the intent to gain access to an entire organization or country. McAfee found that 80% of employees grab the bait and open at least one in seven spear phishing emails, so the human factor is critical in preventing data breaches.
While you can install an antilogger on employee computers as a precaution, what do you do after you’ve suffered an attack?
Defensive Moves After an Attack
While you may not be able to prevent all breaches, you can still take steps to protect your data, even after you’ve been infiltrated.
InstantRecovery allows you to revert systems to a trusted state and avoid downtime while changing passwords and troubleshooting the security vulnerability that allowed access in the first place.
This may give you the time to secure your data before a hacker discovers it.