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As we enter Cyber Security Awareness Month, today’s bulletin examines data on how long it takes the average ethical hacker to access and export files. And our Toolbox looks, in more detail, and some of the different ways to stay safe.
Thanks for reading and stay safe.
As we enter Cyber Security Month, this piece from Forbes caught our eye. It has been compiled by Chuck Brooks, an expert in this field, and features some of the key stats on the present state of play.
The article reveals extraordinarily high numbers of phishing attacks in recent years – 1,097,811 in the second quarter of 2022 – with a dramatic increase on previous periods. (Indeed, phishing attacks are apparently at an all time high).
Brooks’ piece also finds that ethical hackers – individuals who are paid to test how easy systems are to break into – take around five hours to break in, collect and exfiltrate data. This is according to a new, first-of-its-kind survey of those in ethical hacker roles, carried out by Bishop Fox. The chart below breaks this down in more detail.
It is worth pausing to consider what a short period of time five hours is – the period between closing the door of the office at 5pm and switching on the 10 o’clock news.
Thankfully, the steps which organisations are taking is improving their efficacy in the fight against cyber crime and online attacks. But the pace at which new threats are emerging means that companies need to continually be updating, as different types of risk materialise.
Number one question for your business:
When did you last have your cyber security processes systematically tested by a third party?
Thought for the week:
“The thing to really bear in mind with cyber crime is that, unfortunately, there is no end point. Businesses can never sit back, rest on their laurels and stop thinking about these issues. The battle for cyber security is between attacks which are continually becoming more sophisticated, and defences that are continually getting more robust. The most resilient organisations are those that always stay ahead of the curve.”Gill Hall Resilience Consultant