The Need For Speed – The IT Top Gun
Being able to deliver a rapid response to problems is a core need for the modern enterprise. While many network “issues” can suffer a delay in response time, true problems like security breaches and network outages cannot. This where an “IT Top Gun” can really shine with fast response times to anomalies and problems that eliminate issues from the onset, or better yet, prevent them from happening.
For instance, in the case of a suspected security breach, you need know if you were actually breached or not, where the breach occurred, and what was compromised. According to the 2016 Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR), almost 68% of breaches happen over the course of several days, so a rapid response to security threats can definitely help minimize the cost of a breach. The faster you isolate the attack vector, the faster you can limit the amount of damage to your business. However, according to the Ponemon Institute’s 2015 Cost of Cyber Crime Study, it is actually taking businesses longer to resolve cyber-attacks. It now takes an average of 46 days to resolve a cyber-attack, which is one day longer than it took last year. This also represents an increase of 30% over the last six year period and results in a corresponding increase in the cost for a cyber-attack.
The situation is also serious for network outages. According to the 2016 Cost of Data Center Outages study conducted by the Ponemon Institute, the average cost of a data center outage is $740,357 and lasts for about 95 minutes. This results in a cost of $7,793 per minute of downtime. A rapid response is needed in this situation as well to control costs and keep your mean time to repair as short as possible.
So how does one become an IT/Network Top Gun?