We all know that there are viruses out there, but just how expansive is the threat landscape, exactly? Well, according to Verizon’s 2015 Data Breach Investigations Report, 317 million new pieces of malware were created in 2014, and that total is expected to be even higher for 2015.
That’s a lot of threats… but why should you care?
The effect that a malware infection could have on your bottom line should grab your attention, as the financial consequences of an online security breach are absolutely devastating. Losing other people’s sensitive information that’s stored on your network could cost you millions through class-action lawsuits and regulatory fines (healthcare organizations have HIPAA, financial organizations face SEC and FDIC audits, anyone who accepts credit cards must comply with PCI DSS, etc.).
There’s also your reputation to consider: a breach will ruin many of your current relationships and drive away potential clients. It’s nothing personal; they just don’t want to risk compromising their data by trusting it to a network that’s known to be vulnerable.
Following these 5 steps will make your network better protected from all the threats that are out there: