In recent years, the threat of cyber attacks has increased exponentially. According to CERT Polska, last year there were more than 115,000 notifications and cyber security incidents from companies operating in Poland, which is 180% more than the previous year. Moreover, CERT Polska specialists selected almost 30,000 of these applications. unique cyber security incidents; So the threat is real, and for many companies it’s no longer a question of if, but when such an attack might happen.
The threat of cyber attacks in Poland and the world
Unfortunately, such awareness is not coupled with adequate preparation of companies for attacks. 55% of large companies worldwide are unable to effectively detect and thus repel cyber-attacks and quickly restore the situation to normal or limit the negative consequences of such breaches.
What is it like in Poland? Only 41% of companies investigate the impact of potential cyber security incidents on their business operations, and 53% conduct risk analysis from a business continuity perspective.
This means that other companies are extremely easy targets for cybercriminals, which exposes them to huge losses not only financially, but also in terms of image, especially in an era of such an increase in cybercriminal attacks. According to the analysis of experts of Checkpoint Research, the number of attacks worldwide increased by 50% year-on-year in 2021, and almost 75% in Poland, and the losses caused by cybercrimes will increase to 10.5 trillion US dollars annually by 2025 alone. .
The war in Ukraine and the growing threat of cyberattacks on small and medium-sized businesses
Recently, the threat posed by cybercriminals to small and medium-sized enterprises in Poland has increased significantly. It is connected with the outbreak of war in Ukraine, because the target of the attacks is not only financial reasons, but also the desire to destabilize the economic and social situation in our country.
Poland is currently home to 2 million enterprises from the small and medium-sized enterprise sector, employing approximately 6.75 million employees, accounting for almost half of the country’s GDP. The blow to this sector of the economy undeniably destabilizes the activity of the entire state.
In late May and June of this year alone, there were an average of 938 hacking attacks on Polish companies per week, which means a 35% increase compared to January 2022. How are such companies currently prepared for threats? In 2020, 27% of Polish companies admitted that they do not consider themselves a potential target of cybercriminals, currently this percentage has decreased to only 3%. It proves that the awareness about the threats of cyber attacks is still low.
The most common attacks on companies in cyberspace
The biggest threat and destruction to companies, regardless of the size and scale of operations, always comes from phishing attacks. Cybercriminals, using various types of social engineering techniques, force employees at all levels of a given company to share sensitive data, resulting in great damage to themselves and the entire organization.
Phishing is, of course, only an introduction to the attack, its development, among others, is the Business Email Compromise (BEC) attack, in which a criminal posing as a contractor convinces an employee to make changes to the system, including changing the account. Last year, these types of attacks caused an average of $5 million in damage.
DDoS (Distributed Denial-of-Service) or ransomware attacks used to extort ransom are also a huge threat to companies. Sophos research in Poland shows that 94% of domestic companies that fell victim to ransomware reported a negative impact of the attack on their bottom line.
How to prepare your business for effective protection against cybercriminals?
In response to these and other threats to Polish companies, and in accordance with the principle that prevention is better than cure, T-Mobile has prepared for them a complete set of solutions to ensure the stable and secure operation of the company, regardless of its size. and financial opportunities.
One such solution is the Cloud Security service, whereby companies can expect protection against cyber threats for a single fixed subscription fee, among others;
- threat reporting
- offline protection of corporate devices
- Protection of devices using Wi-Fi
- protection against malware at the device level
- protection against malware at the network level
- network protection against phishing
- protection against command and control calls
- web filtering and web application control
- using machine learning in network protection
- URL classification
- zero-day attack prevention and threat analysis
- on-device behavioral analytics
Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS)
Another solution that is very important from the point of view of maintaining business continuity is Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) from T-Mobile, i.e. a backup virtual data center service under which T-Mobile provides disaster recovery for the company. the opportunity. VMware environment on top of T-Mobile-Mobile’s geographically redundant infrastructure. In the event of a failure, access to the duplicated data will be possible from the Private Cloud infrastructure or from the T-Mobile virtual data center, with the possibility of backing it up at another operator’s center several hundred kilometers away (DC in Warsaw and Krakow). . Thanks to this, even in the event of a natural disaster or cyber attack, the company’s data will be safe and business continuity will not be threatened.
This service is provided as part of one of the most modern data centers in Poland, recently built in Warsaw, where T-Mobile offers companies backup and data storage and storage of resources in remote locations, the access of which is guaranteed by a very fast fiber optic system. connections. Their length is about 25,000 km, with more than 17,000 access points, which enable connections to be established between the T-Mobile data center and any location of the given company that needs to quickly restore damaged resources.
Within the same data center, T-Mobile offers companies the ability to use other solutions such as a virtual data center, private cloud, replication or server co-location.
As you can see above, the range of T-Mobile services that ensure the security of their resources, efficient and sustainable digitization and digitization process is really wide. This has already been appreciated by many companies during the pandemic, which thanks to such solutions have maintained stability during this difficult period, from which their customers have also benefited.
Data digitization enables companies to use cloud resources from any location and device, wherever we have access to the Internet. It’s also an opportunity to share your data securely
and transferring access to them to partners or contractors.
Cloud solutions are no longer a viable option for doing business today.
the need for companies to ensure not only business continuity, but also stable and safe development in the future.
Article created in partnership with T-Mobile