Data center cybersecurity managers have had it tough this pandemic.
During the first half of 2021, bad actors launched 5.4 million DDoS attacks, setting a new record, according to a Netscout report released last month. The number of attacks is up 11% compared with last year, and the average attack duration is up 31%.
And according to the U.S. Department of the Treasury, ransomware payments reached $400 million in 2020 — four times higher than in 2019. And that number is just a fraction of the total economic cost of ransomware.
According to IBM, the average cost of a data breach now costs a company $4.24 million per incident, another record high. One reason that the costs of dealing with security incidents went up, said IBM, was the drastic operational shifts during the pandemic.
This past year and a half has been a “perfect storm” for the cybersecurity profession, according to the Ernst & Young Global Information Security Survey released this summer.