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How do you detect a data breach you don’t even know occurred?

How do you detect a data breach you don’t even know occurred?

I recently attended a conference about Enterprise IT Security.  I had heard many of the stories before around the importance of conducting regular external vulnerability scans which are required if you need to maintain PCI compliance, along with diligence around security policy.  But I heard one statistic that really caught my attention; “It takes an average of 134 days from when a security breach occurs to even detect that it’s happened”.

Think about that for a moment.  Now add this thought: “94% of organizations have encountered at least one cyber-security incident in the last 12 months.

That is a scary combination.  If you are actively performing quarterly external vulnerability scans on your infrastructure, you are probably breathing easy.  For those of you who aren’t, you can do one of two things:

  1. Hope to get lucky and be part of the 6% who have not experienced a security breach in the last 12 months.  (Hint: It may take up to 7 months to even figure this out)
  2. Proactively protect your IT infrastructure to avoid a data breach.

EarthLink’s Professional Services offer Security Diagnostics, which will discover potential security gaps and tell you how to safeguard your business against any vulnerabilities that we find.  For those companies who have greater requirements for security, we offer Attack & Penetration testing and Comprehensive Security Consulting engagements.

Using the latest technical assessments and scanning tools, EarthLink’s certified experts will evaluate your network and identify vulnerabilities and compliance gaps so you can correct them before they are compromised in a costly security incident.

Learn more about EarthLink Professional Security offerings 


About Skeeter Harris

Skeeter Harris
Skeeter is the Social Media Manager for EarthLink; a managed network and cloud solutions company. As a proclaimed Technology Evangelist; with enthusiasm unmatched; Skeeter is first in line for launches, never misses that keynote and is known to own at least four handheld devices at any given time! That occasional tech review on YouTube and professional blogs rounds out his repertoire. Often seen at Regal Theatre with a smuggled in Starbucks