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Cybersecurity – Let’s give ourselves a pat on the back!

25th July 2018

Working in the cybersecurity industry we’re continually surrounded by negatives. How many times have you read about the latest large-scale data breach, GDPR scaremongering, Advanced Threats lying dormant on the network waiting to strike, etc etc, we could go on.

We’re not trying to say that there isn’t much to be fearful of, of course there is, BUT what we don’t hear enough of is the great work End Users, Vendors, Resellers and Distributors are doing to deflect the humungous, industrial level scale of daily attacks that take place.

Here are some figures just to emphasise the scale of what we’re trying to deal with….

  • Every day the AV-TEST institute registers 350,000 new malicious programs and potentially unwanted applications – AV-TEST
  • Approximately 24,000 malicious mobile apps are blocked every day – Varonis
  • In June 2018 there has been a total of 790 million registered Malware samples – AV-TEST
  • A University of Maryland Study found that hackers are attacking computers and networks at a near constant rate – University of Maryland

Not only do cybersecurity professionals need to remediate the above issues, they also have to fight their way through a sea of alarms, many of which are false positives, just to find the real issues that need addressing.

A study by the Ponemon Institute found that the average company receives 17,000 malware alerts PER DAY and only a fifth of these are reliable. This leads to cyber security professionals suffering ‘alert fatigue’ which can increase the chances of important alarms being missed.

Throw into the mix that a) there is a global cybersecurity skills shortage with a predicted global shortfall of approximately 3.5 million security jobs by 2021 (source: Cybersecurity Ventures) and b) we have only spoken about external threats so far, goes to show how much a security professional has to deal with, and what a sterling job they’re currently doing – sometimes on a (relatively) shoestring budget (yet another battle).

Moving on to the vendors we strategically partner with who really do develop (and continually update) some of the most technologically advanced solutions this side of Mars to detect and protect our customer’s networks from attacks. They come up with new features and ways to improve what they’re doing at a rate of knots.

In fact, this is one of the most important jobs, we as a reseller have – to get these messages out to our customers. Too many times have we spoken to end users (not our customers luckily) running older versions of security software with no idea that there is a later version available, leaving themselves open to attack. If you feel as though your existing partner is leaving you high and dry in this respect and only contacting, you at renewal time then give us a call.

As a cybersecurity reseller we pride ourselves on not just selling licenses and hardware, but also providing support, consultancy and impartial advice to our customers to aid them in their fight against the many threats (both internal and external) that are present – in short, we stand side by side with our customers in their fight against cybercrime.

Of the figures quoted earlier in this article, how many of these attacks are successful? Realistically a small percentage. Which goes to show that as an industry, yes there are many obstacles we still have to overcome, but at the same time, we need to stand back, take stock and say to ourselves ‘well done’ for all the great work we actually do. We definitely don’t do this enough.