The IT security landscape is dominated by talks of impending cyberthreats, attacks and other hacking incidents.
However, when planning IT security investments such as disaster recovery services, it’s important to realise the motivations behind cyberthreats so businesses can understand why they might be at risk.
The publicised cybersecurity breaches that have made the news in the past often involve user data such as credit card details and other financial information. With more businesses beginning to rely on big data initiatives that prioritise user information, it’s essential their aware of any risks and how to manage them.
Are cyberthreats increasing?
The activities of cybercriminals appear to be increasing in roughly the same proportion as enterprise IT investment. While this is likely to test the IT infrastructure of any business, Ernst & Young (EY) believes that preventing any and every attack may not be possible.
According to EY, the modern cybercriminal possesses a number of traits that are making them more difficult to manage. The firm states they are often well-funded, patient and aware of how to influence vulnerabilities in either IT infrastructure or the people working with it.
One of the main complications for the cybersecurity landscape is that more than a third (37 per cent) of the companies EY surveyed don’t believe they are able to gain a real-time insight into the cyber risk.
What motivates cyber criminals?
Intel investigated the various reasons behind the increasing threat landscape for businesses, finding that the individuals that conduct these attacks all have unique motivations.
While many of the attacks that make the news, such as the recent attack on e-commerce site Patagonia – target user financial data, Intel discovered not all attackers are motivated in such a way.
There are a number of motivations for cybercriminals, and not all of them are financially related, with Intel selecting personal satisfaction, notoriety and disgruntlement as viable motivators in cyberattacks. Many of these motivations also carry over from personal cybercriminals to organised groups as well.
How does disaster recovery help?
For businesses, the true cost of cyberattacks includes more than just the value of data or other resources lost. The longer it takes an organisation to get essential systems back online, the larger the impact an attack can have.
On top of this, lost data can impact an organisation’s ability to function in the long term.
To discover how disaster recovery can help your business in the event of a cyberattack, contact the team at NetCraft.