The Cyber Onslaught – Can We Stop It?

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To be honest, I don’t think it’s a battle that we can win anymore.

In this opinion piece, LoughTec CEO Sean McDermott gives his insight into the ever-increasing numbers of cyber attacks, and what you can do to reduce the attack surface.

It seems to be every week we are seeing breach after breach, ransom after ransom – it never stops. We are now seeing lots of companies paying up. The natural escalation of this will be more cyber incidents, with more threat actors taking up the red keyboard to follow a lucrative career path.

So, what can we do?

To be honest, I don’t think it’s a battle that we can win anymore. You are beaten before you start. For every solution the IT Industry comes up with, it feels like the threat actors are coming up with two new problems. For those new problems, companies sell lots of new solutions that all promise to do amazing things, but the breaches keep coming.

We are seeing the very best companies being breached – the companies that have invested in all the latest tools. Ironically, those that seem to avoid the very worst attacks are being spared because they have archaic legacy systems in place, and no one can be bothered writing code to destroy them – the irony!

For years, we have all followed the Microsoft way – being forced into upgrade after upgrade. As most of us build our infrastructure in a near identical manner, one simple flaw means we can all become highly vulnerable on any given day. Maybe it’s time to start to think differently and think for ourselves, rather than following the IT crowd down the road to hell?

Our zero-trust philosophy is trust no file, trust no device. Using a combination of AV Multiscanning, Data Sanitisation (Content Disarm & Reconstruct – CDR), CVE scanning and Data Loss Prevention (DLP), LoughTec can build workflows for your next secure digital transformation project.

My thoughts on protecting ourselves from cyber threats are evolving every time I see a new solution to a new problem. My latest conclusion is you should do everything you can to reduce your attack surface – selecting the best tools that will protect your most important data and systems, whilst preparing and planning for the worst. Always keep in mind you can not protect it all, which begs the question – what can you not do without?

LoughTec was founded in 2006, with the main aim of providing an IT outsourcing philosophy to fit any size or shape of business. Following sustained year on year growth, LoughTec has expanded its portfolio and offering into the cybersecurity sector, helping clients in defence, security, government and banking stay secure and protected against the growing threat of cybercrime.

Our zero-trust philosophy is trust no file, trust no device. Using a combination of AV Multiscanning, Data Sanitisation (Content Disarm & Reconstruct – CDR), CVE scanning and Data Loss Prevention (DLP), LoughTec can build workflows for your next secure digital transformation project.

Contact LoughTec today to find out more about our range of cybersecurity solutions, and how they can help you and your business reduce the attack surface against the growing threat of cybercrime. Call 028 8225 2445 or email info@loughtec.com.

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