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Business under fire
Over 40 million new variations of malware were identified in 2015 – per quarter! Just the amount of ransomware – software that encrypts data and blackmails the owner to pay for the decryption key – has doubled since 2014 to more than 5 million (source: McAfee Threat Report 2015).
Even more dangerous are targeted attacks triggered by hostile competitors and shady government agencies. In the so-called “darknet” well organized hacker-teams offer their services, to wreak havoc on competition, disrupt operations and steal intellectual property.
Protecting what is most valuable
Applying maximum protection throughout the entire IT infrastructure is neither inexpensive nor trivial. Security experts recommend building up a strong baseline security giving special focus to key assets – the “crown jewels” of the company.
The obvious thing to protect is valuable data, like construction plans and manufacturing procedures for new products or secret know how.
What is less likely to be in focus is the infrastructure itself. However, it is the processes – and the platform they run on – which are essential. Whether it is finances and accounting, human resources, ...
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