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By Damien Garvey, Technical Account Manager at Backup-Technology
June 21, 2013

Backup-Technology Online Data Backup Expert Tips: Data Security – How Quickly can you Detect a Data Breach?

The sophistication and number of attacks by cyber-criminals has increased at a dramatic rate over the last few years and therefore the speed in which a data breach is detected is vital. Being able to detect a data breach in the shortest period of time will significantly help reduce the potential impact that it will have. This should be complemented by a robust backup solution where if a data breach was successful and data was modified or deleted, the data could be restored back to the desired state.

Security technology company, McAfee, conducted a survey where 500 IT professionals from the USA, United Kingdom, Germany and Australia were asked questions about how quickly they believed that they could recognise a data breach.

Out of the 500 participants, 22 percent of them – http://bit.ly/16Kty7q — reported that they would need at least a day to recognise a data breach. A greater concern and obvious area of improvement for some of the participants is that 5 percent of them – http://bit.ly/16KtRz7 – stated that it would take them at least a week to recognise a data breach. Meanwhile, just over 33 percent of the participants stated that they would be able to recognise a data breach within a matter of minutes.

Despite such statistics being suggested, 58 percent of the participants admitted that they had suffered from a data breach within the last year and only 25 percent of them claimed that they recognised the data breach within a matter of minutes.

Mike Fey who is McAfee’s CTO stated, “If you’re in a fight, you need to know that while it’s happening, not after the fact. This study has shown what we’ve long suspected – that far too few organisations have real-time access to the simple question ‘am I being breached?’  Only by knowing this, can you stop it from happening.” — http://bit.ly/16KuhFM

With such statistics gathered in this latest study, the importance of having a robust backup solution is becoming ever more important. If you cannot detect a data breach before it is too late and critical data is modified or deleted, this could have a detrimental impact on the running of the company and its reputation.

As the people who devise and implement the attacks keep creating ever more sophisticated attacks, the security developers are struggling to keep up, let alone be ahead of them. By all means, it is important to have effective security measures in place but the only way to ensure that you can always recover your data is to have a robust backup solution in place that is regularly tested.

How quickly can you detect a data breach? Do you have a robust backup solution in place?

About the Author: Damien Garvey is a Technical Account Manager at Backup-Technology, an Asigra powered cloud backup and disaster recovery solutions provider.

 

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