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How CI Tightens Enterprise Data Security

With data security becoming ever-more challenging, continuous intelligence can offer hope to the enterprise.

The importance of a strong data security strategy is pretty clear. Even little “Mom and Pop” businesses worry about hackers stealing personal information, planting ransomware, and launching denial of service attacks. For the enterprise, the job of the CISO and their team keeps getting tougher, particularly since the pandemic changed everything.

Take the case of the Texas health and human services agency. Prior to the pandemic that department saw 90 million attack attempts per year. Since Covid-19 hit the attacks have increased five times over to 532 million attacks in a year. Meanwhile, CISOs across industries are relying on outdated, report-based threat intelligence.

Security challenges have outpaced the ability for humans and yesterday’s security tools to deal with them. The old idea of human staff chasing down every alert generated by security software doesn’t scale in the face of a million attacks per day. Plus, experts estimate that up to half of all alerts are based on false positives. So, blocking everything isn’t feasible.

A scary new world

In addition, today’s reality for the evolving enterprise is that cloud computing and third-party apps are core concepts. That means massive amounts of data are stored or created outside of the legacy on-premise systems. Then factor in how a growing number of employees are working from home.

CI-enabled data security

That’s where continuous intelligence (CI) can play a key role in a cybersecurity strategy. Think of CI as the ability for security tools to constantly learn what is going on within enterprise systems and which threats require immediate action.

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How CI Tightens Enterprise Data Security