Cybercriminals are successfully targeting organizations of all sizes across all industry sectors. Recent analyst and media reports make clear that attacks are becoming increasingly sophisticated, more frequent, and their consequences more dire. One global company that suffered a large breach spent over $100 million on investigating the incident and on other direct remediation activities. But those costs were small compared with the subsequent multibillion-dollar loss in market capitalization, which was largely attributed to investors’ loss of confidence in the company’s ability to respond.

That’s why it’s not enough to focus, as many enterprises do, on defending the digital perimeter with cybertechnologies such as intrusion detection and data-loss prevention. When determined adversaries such as hacktivists and organized criminal syndicates set their minds on finding a way inside, every organization with valuable digitized information is at risk of having its perimeter breached and its critical assets compromised.

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