Each year the importance of the Web sphere grows significantly. This is true for both commercial and non-commercial uses, making the security situation very complex. Still, casual users can afford to be sloppy and not pay attention to security, but even then you can experience some pretty unpleasant events as a victim of a security breach. When we transfer the whole thing into an industry environment things get even more serious.
It is important to note that an average organization experiences as many as 1400 attacks per week. Somewhere around 1.7 of these weekly attacks demand human attention since they require deeper analysis. Cyber criminals are relentless, and you need to make sure that your organization’s data, and your reputation, is safe.
According to Kaspersky, 21% of companies working in the Manufacturing Industry have lost intellectual property in 2014. The most common source of the breach was Malware, and it is truly no wonder that the amount of breaches is so high when the industry accounts for 26.5% of the total attacks, it also reigns as the most targeted one to date. The reason for this potentially has something to do with the competitiveness of the industry and the Research and Development data which is highly sensitive and can give the competition a significant edge at low costs.
Finance and Insurance
Of course, the second place is reserved for the industry that deals with the cash flow the most. Here, if you get enough access and information, you can pull off great financial gain, but also do a tremendous amount of damage to companies. The fact that user data alone can be exploited in so many ways makes this industry a big target for data thieves. The finance sphere is a target of a stunning 20.9% of all the attacks.
Information and communication
Data theft is also common in this industry sector. If we take into account how much online communication and data exchange facilitates a business organization and saves money on communication, the amount of sensitive data that goes around becomes quite apparent. Breaching into a communication system allows hackers to impersonate company officials, and with this authority leverage sensitive information from your clients. This industry makes up 18.7% of the total attacks.
Health and social services
A lot of medical organizations rely on apps to help their clients stay up to date with their records, gain access to content, schedule examinations and so on. This is why it is critical for this data to be private, accurate and accessible. The line of work that this industry covers requires a lot of dedication when it comes to security. The health industry covers 7.3% of all online attacks.
Retail and Wholesale
The whole concept of eCommerce is based on the premise that you can buy what you want, when you want, from any devices, and that the item you bought will get to you fast and safe. If you can’t even offer proper security to cover this, you are not going to retain a lot of customers. At the very least, you need to make sure clients’ credit card information are safe. The retail industry holds 6.6% of all online attacks.
A security breach does damage in a variety of ways. According to IBM’s research, the financial damage can be split into six categories.
As you can see, not only do you lose private data and resources, and need to repair your security issues, you also need to take care of trust issues your clients are surely going to have after the attack is finished. After all, a company is supposed to be able to hold its own against cyber criminals and protect its interests, as well as the interests of their clients. This is a constant struggle, and you need to be aware that the tricks that the culprits use are constantly evolving. Make sure that you regularly test out your server security and that you are up to date with the current changes. Otherwise, you might end up with a security system that is below industry standards, which can easily be taken advantage of. Just think about Sony and their large scale security breach scandal.