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Hacking used to be a small-time hobby often used for pranks. Now, hackers aren’t just hackers anymore. Today they’re sophisticated cyber criminals going where the money leads them – to the financial organizations that manage it. As cyber threats grow increasingly dangerous, the question remains —is your company ready?
Unlike healthcare organizations that are struggling to decide whether to invest in patient care or new security systems, the financial services industry is laser focused on cyber security. According to a research report from Raytheon and Websense, 2015 Industry Drill-Down Report—Financial Services, 80% of financial executives see cyber security as their top concern.
The finance industry may see cyber security as a top concern, but that doesn’t mean that they’re able to thwart all of the attack vectors aimed their way. In the first half of 2015 alone, there have been 30 confirmed data breaches in the finance industry. And don’t even get us started on the multi-year banking fiasco involving over 100 banks and losses in the hundreds of millions of dollars.
The finance industry is targeted by cyber attacks 300% more than any other industry. However, with so many potential attack vectors, it’s nearly impossible to figure out which one will be coming after you—or is it?
As it turns out, 33% of all global lure-stage attacks are found in the finance industry. It’s clear that these types of attacks are a favorite amongst finance hackers. They carefully survey their targets trying to score a large payoff.
Attackers have grown significantly more sophisticated than they used to be, learning to use social engineering to create professional-looking phishing emails regarding invoices or payments that prompt users to open them. Training your staff to look out for these suspicious emails is essential to the protection of your business. Everyone knows it, but attacks still happen.
Raytheon and Websense dug deeper into the lure-stage attacks that are so popular amongst finance hackers to discover what malware is actually stealing user credentials and sensitive data. These are the pieces of malware you should be especially wary of in the finance industry:
It’s tough to look at threat statistics in the finance industry – the sheer volume and potential danger is staggering. Any breach no matter how small can cost a company their reputation and consumer trust. And then of course there is the financial losses, notifications expenses, legal fees and other expenses tied to reparations.
Clearly, financial organization need to be vigilant. They need to ensure that all their security appliances can see 100% of the traffic coming in and out of the organization – that means using a network TAP to avoid losing packets during traffic spikes. At the same time, it is critical to know your baseline traffic and investigate any deviations from the norm. While technology is critical for identifying and repelling attacks, be sure to train each and every employee to be on the lookout for suspicious behavior. When the entire organization is on high-alert, you’ll be able to spot more issues and avoid getting lured by even the most sophisticated attackers. Concern is one thing – vigilance takes a security program to a higher level.
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Chris Bihary, CEO and Co-founder and of Garland Technology, has been in the network performance industry for over 20 years. Bihary has established collaborative partnerships with technology companies to complement product performance and security through the integration of network TAP visibility.