Cyber Threats are Accelerating as the Holidays Approach – Is Your Business Prepared?


Is Your Business Prepared?

The holidays are approaching – and while businesses are winding down and preparing to enjoy downtime with family and friends, cyber criminals are gearing up and preparing to wreak havoc. During this time of year, it is common for IT networks and systems to be managed by fewer people running at a lower capacity or in some cases unsupervised all together, increasing the opportunities for cyber criminals to strike. These bad actors take advantage of businesses being understaffed and use it as an opportunity to attack.

Every year companies in the supply chain & logistics, ecommerce, retail, restaurant, and travel industries prepare for seasonal increases in traffic to their businesses and online platforms. This year in particular, 86% of organizations are anticipating a moderate-to-substantial increase in demand. [Source]

Record-Breaking Traffic Expected

While these companies are preparing for record-breaking traffic to their businesses– they may be overlooking the immediate need to increase their cybersecurity measures to protect business, employee and customer data. In addition, over the past two years companies have had to rapidly adjust to the new unprecedented shifts in the digital corporate landscape due to the COVID-19 pandemic , and that has left many organizations more vulnerable than ever.

Continued Shortages Equal Extraordinary Challenges

With continued shortages in materials and the workforce due to COVID-19, businesses are facing extraordinary challenges this year to deploy adequate security measures. Some businesses have yet to comprehend the possible consequences of “lax” cyber security, that include not only the downtime and costs associated, but the recovery costs and possible legal ramifications of a data breach, while others simply have not dedicated the time or the resources to get educated and then identify and implement more robust cybersecurity solutions.

CISA & FBI Joint Cybersecurity Advisory

Earlier this year, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) issued a Joint Cybersecurity Advisory, “Ransomware Awareness for Holidays and Weekends.” The advisory urges businesses “to examine their current cybersecurity posture and implement the recommended best practices and mitigations to manage the risk posed by all cyber threats, including ransomware.” This advisory is even more important during these final weeks of 2021.

MXDR is the Optimal Approach

While this situation is critical, it is not hopeless. Managed eXtended Detection & Response (MXDR) from Securus360 provides the optimal approach for businesses facing this challenge by offering an all-inclusive network security monitoring solution that offers the cybersecurity industry’s most effective, fully integrated platform that delivers threat visibility across the entire infrastructure; endpoints, servers, network, cloud instances and end-user behavior, all on a single pane of glass. This powerful solution is an AI-driven, cloud-native system that combines machine learning, security automation and human intelligence to create a high-speed and high-touch cyber defense solution that proactively hunts, detects, and helps neutralize advanced threats BEFORE they can impact a business.

Is your business prepared to take on the challenges this holiday season? Contact Securus360 to schedule a demo to learn more about how MXDR can protect your organization.

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