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Detecting cyber security breaches

In a world in which there is an ever-increasing risk of cyber-attacks, robust online security systems are essential to the well-being of any business. Whilst fixing easily preventable issues is usually the main focus when it comes to cyber security, identifying vulnerabilities and disclosing breaches are also key. It enhances company’s online presence and improves their security system overall. So, how simple is it to find and resolve digital security problems?

 

How long does detection take?

Whatever research you look at, it appears identifying cyber security issues can sometimes be problematic for businesses.

 

Vulnerability detection

Many security vulnerabilities take a considerably long time to be identified. According to GitHub’s Octoverse survey, digital security flaws usually go over 4 years (218 weeks) without being detected. This is made more frustrating by the fact that most issues can then be resolved relatively easily, with about 80% of problems being down to mistakes rather than maliciousness. In essence, this means businesses and users are put at risk over basic cyber security vulnerabilities.

 

Breach Detection

Similarly, data breaches and cyber-attacks can hit companies without them even realising it. A testament to ever-changing nature of cyber hacks, the 2020 Mandiant Security Effectiveness Report found that 53pc of successful breaches go undetected. Meanwhile, a staggering 91 per cent of all instances didn’t generate an initial alert to businesses.

 

What are the solutions?

There is always some correlation between the time it takes to spot an attack and the cost of recovery to a business. But, whilst identifying vulnerabilities and breaches may still take time, there are several ways to reduce this response length which include:

Automating alter and patching tools

Reducing the number of vulnerabilities with software and training

Utilising penetration testing

 

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