How do you protect your home from intruders? You lock your doors and windows, you might have a fence, security cameras and possibly even an angry-looking dog. However, there is no point going to all that trouble if someone has already broken in and set up camp in the basement.

Yet, that is the security policy of thousands of big businesses trying to protect their data from cybercriminals. They do many of the right things. They invest in security software. They take a strong, multi-layered approach to security – including all the things we recommend, like multi-factor authentication, encryption, reliable backup systems and staff training.

They don’t, however, pay enough attention to detection and response. That involves constantly scanning systems for any sign that a crook may have gained entry to somewhere, and having a process to stop an attack in its tracks.

A new study shows that only a third of businesses place detection as their main priority, while two thirds say prevention is their primary focus. This means that they could be building 10-foot steel walls around their systems when the intruders are already inside.

In-house security teams might be super-confident in the security measures they have put in place. But, the data suggests that they are being too complacent. The study reveals that more than eight in ten businesses experienced more than one data breach last year – even with good security in place.

Criminals are constantly finding ways to evade security. That tells us that we need to take a rounded approach, with strong prevention AND detection policies. This will provide the best protection against today’s determined criminals.

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