Any business – large or otherwise – has data to protect. On average, as much as 60% of small companies go out of business within the first six months due to data breaches or cyber-attacks, with more than 30,000 websites across the globe hacked daily.
It is one of the single biggest threats to a company, but just as hackers are growing more adept at breaching confidential data, so too is the software which is designed to stop them.
The problem, in many ways, comes with the networks themselves. Although every company has a dense amount of information, the data is often placed into a singular network with a large surface area, which makes it far easier for hackers to cause damage.
One of the best security concepts that deal with this weakness, however, is known as microsegmentation. This is a cybersecurity concept that is designed to protect workloads, apps, and operation systems by cutting networks down into a number of mini-networks, and it is currently growing in popularity across the globe.
As mentioned before, hackers have a much easier time breaching a company’s network if they can move freely on a north-to-south basis. Microsegmentation alleviates this issue by reducing the attack surface and segmenting each element of the network.
Most typically, segments are distinguished per individual machine, and this helps to block an attacker’s lateral movement and places a number of obstacles between them and their target. Here is a simple example:
Behind each door is another part of the network, split into its own mini-network. This means that, although a hacker may be able to breach one segment of the network, all the others will remain secure.
This also helps to alleviate the damage of the breach itself. Each network is protected behind its own firewall, which means that the blast radius of the attack is far less likely to compromise the broader data as a whole.
Although micro-segmentation is a relatively new cyber protection technique, it is already soaring in popularity across the globe. According to recent statistics, as much as 80% of cybersecurity leaders have protected their business by utilizing microsegmentation and splitting their networks into mini-networks. This shows how important it has become – as well as how important it is likely to be in the future.
By 2025, it is estimated that the cost of cybercrime is due to hit $10.5 trillion, demonstrating how crucial efficient protection and security are going to be for every business over the next few years. With microsegmentation, organizations can take the first step and put themselves in the best position to fight any breach that threatens to derail them.
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