Cyber security continues to evolve, report says

Cyber security continues to evolve, report says

Cyber threats continue to evolve, placing businesses in all industries in a precarious position.

According to a recent report by Health Digital, earlier this year a hacker was able to infiltrate the Department of Defense’s online prescription drug database the PharmacoEconomic Center. The access information obtained by the hacker was then sold online for $399, leading to the changing data security landscape.

"The example highlights a growing trend in which the sophistication of cyber attacks has been increasing for the past twenty years, but the actual knowledge of how the attack works on the behalf of the person using it has been decreasing," said the news provider's Matt Allen.

Allen also said that the internet has helped people gain access to malicious code easily and cheaply.

Although social media and enterprise collaboration tools have made it possible for companies to achieve greater outreach, proper education regarding cyber security must be in place to protect organizations, internet users and sensitive data, said Allen.

Earlier this month, the Department of Energy released a cyber security guide to educate public and private organizations from threats. According to the DOE, companies should build a culture of security and constantly review and update their infrastructure to protect against evolving attacks.