When businesses are determining how to improve their security systems, one area they should be focusing on is the speed at which they are capable of spotting intrusions into their networks.
A timely response is now more important than ever, according to a new report from Intel that claims businesses have a one-hour window to detect and contain a breach before they are at risk of losing control.
Chris Young, general manager for security at the firm, was quoted by fortune magazine as saying: "Speed counts. There is a 'golden hour' for corrective action, and the clock starts the second an attack indicator is detected. Manually analysing comprise data slows our response in those first critical minutes."
However, many businesses fail to realise they are in danger quickly enough to stop the hackers, which can lead to serious consequences. In the last year, many large companies experienced problems as a result of hacking attacks, with Sony, Anthem and Kmart among those to lose large amounts of confidential data recently.
The report aimed to discover why so many large and midsized enterprises continue to see serious data breaches. It found organisations with more than 5,000 employees experienced an average of 150 incidents last year, while respondents said they conducted an average of 78 security investigations.
One common problem that may affect the speed of detection is bottlenecks appearing between the security tools used to spot intrusions. In many cases, because specific security solutions cover different parts of a company, it is hard to get a real-time picture of what is happening during an attack, as the collected data isn't shared.
However, efforts are being made to improve the situation, driven by a growing awareness among senior executives of the issue and the potential problems breaches can cause.
Mr Young stated: "Security has gone from back room to the board room, and this is a very good thing for the industry. More companies are putting more focus and budget towards security and protection."