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Cybersecurity incidents continue to grow, both in scope and in the variety of institutions that are targeted, from government networks and Fortune 500 companies to smaller businesses with limited defensive infrastructure and tech budgets. So, the resources that these organizations do have must be put to exceptionally good use. IBM reported that the average cost of a data breach now stands at $3.92 million. In addition, the public relations fallout of a data breach can cause serious injury to a business's brand. One awful incident could be enough to sink a company. If you don't have the resources or staff on hand to run your own dedicated onsite security operations center (SOC), what are you to do? Fortunately, the growth of subscription-based, outsourced SOC-as-a-Service solutions brings more comprehensive cybersecurity within the price range of small and medium-sized businesses. Standard SOC-as-a-Service package The central benefit of using SOC-as-a-Service over an onsite team is that the price...

You shouldn't wait until disaster strikes to start thinking about disaster recovery. In case you're unfamiliar, the collective set of standards, procedures, and policies that help an organization's IT infrastructure bounce back after a catastrophic incident are known as disaster recovery. Threats range from natural disasters that could harm physical hardware to problems with personnel and the malicious actions of outside parties. DR is closely related to the concept of business continuity (BC) planning. BC is how the business prepares to keep operations running in the face of disruption, while DR is is how the business responds to disaster scenarios by restoring data and getting systems back online. Though they're often confused, and they do overlap, these two sets of standards are distinct. What is the importance of DR testing? If you already have a DR plan in place, you can't just trust that people and systems will act how you intend them to once...