While many cybercriminals execute data breaches and attacks in a matter of hours or less, others prefer a long-haul approach to harvesting sensitive and protected information over time. The recent surge in social engineering and advanced persistent threats (APTs), ransomware, and other sophisticated cybercrime is an indicator that unknown viruses and ransomware are definitely means to an end — either for financial gain or disruption of services of targeted organizations.
In 2021, 37 percent of all businesses and organizations were hit by ransomware attackers. Of those businesses, 32 percent paid the ransom, but only 65 percent got their data back, according to a recent Sophos report (The State of Ransomware 2021). The latest security threats are characterized by their ability to remain undetected for long periods on a company’s network. In some cases, criminals have gone unnoticed for years. Ponemon’s 2021 reporthighlighted that it takes 212 on average for a security breach or incident to be detected and another 75 days to contain.
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