Does your business have a security strategy in place to prevent complex and frequent cyber-attacks? Cyber-attacks are increasing at an alarming rate and data theft is rising because securing data is much tougher than it was five or ten years ago.
Fortunately, cyber incidents can be avoided if detected early enough in the attack. Understanding the typical steps in a cyber-attack lifecycle is important for any company to understand. Awareness of how a cyber-attack unfolds can help you decide what solutions are right for your company and will help you ensure your infrastructure is as secure as can be.
IBM Security Software prevents the attack in the first place and breaks the attack life cycle with an integrated intelligent approach helping you build a strong defence against threats.
The typical lifecycle of a cyber-attack is as follows:
Phase 1 – Reconnaissance: The first stage of the lifecycle involves identifying potential attackers and the aim of their cyber-attack, financial gain access to sensitive information or brand damage.
Phase 2 – Initial compromise: The second stage often requires the hacker to bypass perimeter defences and gaining access to the internal network through a compromised system or user account.
Phase 3 – Command & control: Typically, this involves the hacker downloading/installing a remote access to enable them entry into your environment.
Phase 4 – Lateral movement: Once the attacker has gained connection to your internal network, evidence of their existence can be extremely hard to see.
Phase 5 – Target attainment: At this stage the attacker may have compromised hundreds, even thousands of user accounts or internal systems.
Phase 6 – Exfiltration, corruption and disruption: If the attack is not detected and defeated it can result in exponential damage to the business. Critical systems could potentially be corrupted, intelligent property or sensitive data stolen, ultimately disrupting the operations of the business.
IBM Security software provides a combined approach to security that incorporates security intelligence, analytics and external threat intelligence. It helps you build a strong security posture that can reduce costs, improve service and enable innovation. Have a look at our most recent security videos to learn more about our security software: http://bit.ly/2IGPh8C