Did you know that cyberattacks are the fastest-growing type of crime in the world?
What’s more, cyberattacks are increasingly more sophisticated as cybercriminals learn and apply their findings to new attacks and methods. Add to that the growing use of artificial intelligence and you have a frightening outlook for securing business information and assets.
Consider these recent attacks:
- The largest-ever Yahoo attack was revised to 3 billion user accounts affected— up from an earlier estimate of 1 billion—in 2013. Yes, that’s billion with a b.
- Marriott suffered the second-largest attack with 500 million user accounts exposed. Systems supporting Starwood Hotel brands were breached in 2014 and went undetected until 2018— well after Marriott’s 2016 acquisition of Starwood.
- Hackers, purportedly from China, penetrated the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) in 2012 and went undetected until 2014. A second group accessed OPM via a third-party contractor in 2014 but was not detected until nearly a year later. Exfiltrated personal data, such as detailed security clearance information and fingerprint data, were stolen. 
“Cyberattacks will cost the world $6 trillion annually by 2021” and represent “the greatest transfer of economic wealth in history, risks the incentives for innovation and investment, and will be more profitable than the global trade of all major illegal drugs combined.”
Pure Web-based apps and services may offer user freedom of access, but they may create inefficient breaks in user workflows and more often represent huge blind spots for IT security. The question for every IT security professional is how best to extend access to users outside of the on-premises network and out of the reach of local servers and desktops, and to still provide those users with the applications and data to support their work.
Mendelson Consulting and NOOBEH Cloud Services know that cybersecurity is essential to business IT, which is why we work with Microsoft Azure platform and Microsoft 365 services. Organizations of all sizes are reaping enormous benefits from using Microsoft Azure for their critical applications and data. Agility, scalability and easy user access are all at the heart of the cloud’s appeal, and NOOBEH cloud services deliver it all and more.
Let NOOBEH help you make your business IT more resilient and your applications and data more secure.
 Source: TechData, Addressing the Cyber Skills Gap
 2019 Official Annual Cybercrime Report,” Cybersecurity Ventures, 2019.