According to IBM’s Cost of a Data Breach Report, the average total cost of a data breach increased approximately 10% between 2020 and 2021, “the largest single year cost increase in the last seven years.” The study points to several factors that helped mitigate the average cost of a breach – including implementing a zero-trust approach and automation — as well as factors that accelerated breaches – including system compliance failures and compromised credentials.

These key findings in the report help organizations better understand the anatomy of a breach and all the factors that weigh in. But what can organizations do to defend their critical infrastructure and confidential assets against the factors that contribute to the accelerating breaches?

Recently, in a topical Dark Reading article, Hackers Went Wild in 2021, the author identifies five practical steps that companies can take to defend their critical infrastructure. One of these steps is migration to automated vulnerability management.

We agree. Given the jaw-dropping stats, today’s IT teams can’t afford not to automate and deploy a risk-based vulnerability management system. Pen-testing has come a long way from its traditional ethical hacking beginnings, but not all pen-testing tools are the same. A proper automated vulnerability management system must deliver an actional report that provides zero-false positives. It must have the capacity to keep up with all technology and threat intelligence changes, running on a powerful AI/ML platform. It must augment and help security professionals in delivering more frequent and targeted pen-testing. RidgeBot delivers on all these fronts, and more.

Cybersecurity is an urgent issue for all companies, large and small. And no matter the size of your organization, RidgeBot is built for enterprise environments. Request a demo today or if you’re planning on attending RSAC later this summer, stop by our booth at Moscone.