By Charles Leaver

The cost of security, and why it matters

Although most organizations are aware that they need to spend money on security, they are not sure how much or why they should spend. The idea that a break-in could happen on one of their servers and that information could be pilfered is something that every organization contends with, but the exact methods an attacker might use or how the company might defend itself are more obscure. This has to do with the fact that digital protection is difficult, and media coverage of these types of attacks tend not to mention the explicit methods used by those breaking in to a given organization. No one wants to accidentally leak information that could lead to copycat attacks. By the same token, coverage of these types of break-ins tends to avoid some of the more obvious information, like the fact that most information is taken by finding some way past the login page of a given server, not through overriding all of the security measures throughout a network.

Endpoint threat detection and response software is so important to organizations because it provides information about attacks as they are currently happening, allowing organizations to have a fighting chance against brand-new forms of intrusion. In contrast to previous models of cybersecurity, endpoint threat response software is able to respond reactively, instead of being a stationary wall that a hacker can, given enough time, make his or her way around. The use of this kind of system is that it prevents cybercriminal groups from being able to attack a simulation of a company network on home servers and have that automatically translate to being able to get past a system. Instead, they are being continually watched by a program-assisted human intelligence solution that can disconnect them from the network and take active measures to restore the integrity of files.

The need has never been greater
Part of the reason this is so important is that there is so much money to be lost through the poor application of cybersecurity. Of course, the poorest way to use cybersecurity is not to use it at all. According to Businessweek, the rule of thumb for a 50-employee company in terms of cybersecurity costs should be $57,600 a year. If an organization has more than that, it should be proportionately larger. Many organizations are under spending because they are unaware of the dangers associated with data theft, which can cost upwards of millions of dollars before even factoring in the intangible costs associated with tarnishing the public image of a company.

The best bet for all of this money to go to is for encryption for all communication lines as well as antivirus, anti-malware, and endpoint threat detection and response software. This is crucial for creating a system of security that is able to capably deal with a variety of threats. Without using many different kinds of software, it is possible for an organization to wind up blindsided by a cyberattack using a method of intrusion that they didn't account for. Making sure to have every area of cybersecurity covered when building to defend a network is critical in this case for keeping sensitive information on servers and off of pirate hard drives. Although there are many ways in which systems can be attacked, preparing for all of them can help companies make the change they need to in order to keep from being overwhelmed. Ultimately, the security of a network within any organization may be the most important element for keeping data safe. By creating an enclosed, protected network, administrators can let their employees work freely. 

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