Cyber attackers are opportunistic and aim for the easiest targets first, recent survey findings from Palo Alto Networks showed.
The security vendor noted that 72 percent of respondents said they won’t waste time on an attack that will not quickly yield high-value information.
Survey respondents said time is the enemy of cyber attackers. An increase of approximately 2 days in the time required to conduct successful cyber attacks can eliminate as much as 60 percent of all attacks.
On average, a technically proficient attacker will quit an attack and move on to another target after spending approximately a week without success.
Palo Alto revealed that the average adversary earns less than $30,000 annually from their malicious activities, which is 1/4 of a cybersecurity professional’s average yearly wage.
Organization with an “excellent” IT security infrastructure is more difficult for attackers to penetrate as it requires more time, compared with an organisation with “typical” security.
“Understanding the costs, motivations, payouts, and finding ways to flip the cost scenario will be instrumental in reducing the number of breaches we read about almost daily and restoring trust in our digital age, said Davis Hake, director of cybersecurity strategy at Palo Alto Networks.
Respondents recommended strong self defence to prevent attacks and advises to use next-generation security capabilities that automate preventive action.