With cybercrime on the rise, increasing awareness around IT security has never been more important.
October is “Cybersecurity Awareness Month.” This isn’t exactly a recent development — it’s been this way for 18 years — but considering the events and trends of this year, its relevance is likely hitting individuals and organizations with newfound intensity.
Cybersecurity Awareness Month began as a collaborative effort between U.S. government agencies and the technology industry to help people stay safe and more secure online. Back in 2004, its efforts centered around tips like updating antivirus software twice a year and changing batteries in smoke alarms during daylight saving time. Oh, how times have changed.
When it’s all said and done, 2021 is likely to be the worst year on record for cybercrime. As the world continues to grapple with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and sudden increase in remote work, the headlines remain plastered with high-profile cyber attacks, like the ones earlier this year on SolarWinds and the Colonial Pipeline. According to Forbes, we’re witnessing more attacks across more industries with more data lost in breaches than ever recorded. The numbers paint a bleak picture.
The State of Cybercrime By The Numbers
If it feels like cybercrime is becoming more and more prevalent, that’s because it is. Malware increased by 358 percent in 2020. Not to be outdone, ransomware kept pace as the fastest growing type of cybercrime. One in five Americans have been the victim of ransomware with one new victim being added to their ranks every 11 seconds, according to research by Cybersecurity Ventures.
Making matters worse, the average cost of a data breach rose to $3.86 million. Meanwhile, 80 percent of senior IT and IT security leaders believe their organizations lack sufficient protection against cyberattacks. All totaled, cybercrime is expected to cost the world approximately $10.5 trillion annually by 2025.
That’s why this month, cybersecurity awareness must be taken seriously. Gone are the days of simply updating antivirus software. Even promoting good online hygiene — like maintaining strong, unique passwords and utilizing two-factor authentication — isn’t enough in terms of the IT protection your organization will need in 2021 and beyond.
There is no way to guarantee total immunity to potential data breaches for your organization. In recent years, some of the biggest companies and governments have fallen victim, despite best efforts. However, by planning, implementing, and testing an in-depth security strategy that is multi-layered, integrated, and ready, organizations can put up a formidable fight, while also drastically limiting the damage done by internal and external cyber threats.
Data Security and Strategy for the Cyber Age
iland is a global cloud provider focused on helping organizations take advantage of all that the cloud has to offer, enabling them to focus on business innovation. We understand that the increase in cybercrime frequency, sophistication, and impact means security needs to be top of mind for all workloads and data.
Luckily, security has been a critical part of the iland DNA since the beginning. As internal and external threats evolve, so too does its platform approach to protecting data. iland provides the highest levels of security capabilities and features available today, integrated with all services, and ready to adapt to your ever-increasing security requirements.
With iland, security is never an afterthought. Whether you’re interested in Secure Public or Private Cloud (IaaS), Secure Cloud Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS), or Secure Cloud Backup as a Service (BaaS), which can include Insider Protection to further protect your organization from internal rogue actors, iland is able to offer the solutions and support you need to protect your data.
“Do Your Part, Be #CyberSmart”
The gravity of this year’s Cybersecurity Awareness Month cannot be overstated. United States President Joe Biden even addressed it directly, issuing a proclamation on the severity of the problem: “Our Nation is under a constant and ever-increasing threat from malicious cyber actors.”
He went on to urge everyone to embrace the overarching theme of Cybersecurity Awareness Month, 2021: “Do Your Part. #BeCyberSmart.” The fact is, individuals and organizations must own their role in protecting their part of cyberspace. To learn how to #BeCyberSmart and keep your data safe, available, and easy to restore no matter the circumstances, start by watching this free, on-demand cybersecurity webinar, featuring some of the industry’s top experts, or contact iland today.