As cyber breaches show no sign of slowing down, it’s more important than ever for organizations to shore up their security posture to protect themselves from a cyberattack. In the 2017 Trustwave Global Security Report, unsecure remote access tools were called out as the leading method of compromise used by cybercriminals, accounting for 30% of the compromises investigated in 2016 – and increase of almost double from the previous year.

2017 Trustwave Global Security Report

The cost and effort needed to secure your network against a cyber breach can be far less than those of cleaning up after one.  The report put together a list of several security measures that organizations should consider when shoring up their security posture, including recommendations concerning remote access solutions:

2017 Trustwave Global Security Report

This year’s report also puts retail organizations on high alert, the most common vertical target in attacks the report investigated. For the retail industry, e-commerce attacks and Point of Sale (POS) attacks were both observed. POS attacks have increased from 22% in 2015 to 31% in 2016, according to the report. The main goal of POS attacks is to gain card data from customers, which can be sold to other hackers or used for fraudulent online purchases.

On the bright side, companies are responding to hacking threats at a faster rate. The report reveals that the number of days to detect breach has decreased from 80.5 days to 49 days. Breaches are being contained faster as well, averaging 2.5 days from detection to containment.

Bomgar’s Secure Access solutions are the choice of the top IT service and support organizations around the world, enabling both employees and vendors to securely connect to Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS and Android devices, regardless of location.  Using Bomgar Remote Support, you’ll replace legacy remote access tools with a complete solution designed for the needs of security-conscious support organizations. Bomgar works through firewalls without VPN tunneling, so your perimeter security can remain intact. All session traffic is encrypted, and Bomgar logs and records each remote session for a detailed audit trail.

For more details on how Bomgar’s solutions enable retail IT organizations to access remote systems and point of sale systems quickly and securely, read this whitepaper and check out our solutions page.