Responsible businesses with sensitive data know they need a firewall to control traffic and secure their networks. What seems less well known, however, is the role that complementary technologies play in a comprehensive approach to cybersecurity. An Intrusion Detection System (IDS) enables organizations to take a proactive security stance, which is why Atlantic.Net offers one for its security-conscious customers.
Amid all the headline-grabbing data breaches of the past year, the vulnerability of companies in industries like health care may be overlooked. Data breaches began costing healthcare firms over $5.5 billion annually shortly after HIPAA became law, according to the Ponemon Institute.
Once online criminals have found a profitable target, they tend to return to it with ever more sophisticated attacks. A report recently indicated that over 75 percent of the healthcare industry had been infected with malware in the past year, and noted that a shocking majority of ransomware targets medical treatment centers.
Cliches like the typical hacker being a teenager living in his or her parent’s basement are persistent, and harmful because they misrepresent the situation to the potential victims of hacking. The numbers clearly show that hacking is now predominantly committed by sophisticated criminal organizations. Utilizing an IDS is a proactive approach to meeting that threat.
An Intrusion Detection System, or IDS, is a software application that monitors the network and hosting environment and analyzes activity on it. Any activity which is considered unusual is ranked according to how high risk it is considered based on information from global threat databases.