The Zero-Day Race
Have you ever seen someone on social media quip something like “I was today years old when I learned that …” That’s actually a great example of a zero day, or 0-day. For those who may not know, in the world of IT a zero day refers to the first day a vulnerability or flaw becomes known to the developer or the vendor. A zero-day attack takes place when hackers exploit the flaw before developers have a chance to address it. And until the vulnerability is fixed, hackers can wreak absolute havoc with networks, software or data. The name, obviously, comes from the stress-inducing fact that there are exactly zero days to fix it.
The ultimate goal of bad actors in a zero-day attack is to compromise your network or apps before detection. That means the zero-day race is a never-ending effort to stay ahead of bad actors and find and fix every vulnerability before malicious action can be taken. Even with the best processes, the most talented teams, the latest technology and vigorous preparation available for your defense, there is one variable that is outside of your control --- the zero-day vulnerability.
Don’t let anyone fool you into thinking that there is anything out there called “Absolute Security.” With increased high-profile security incidents unfolding across multiple Industries in 2021, the risk your team might experience increases day by day. And when you consider the growing developer landscape and the constantly evolving intrusion points – applications, APIs, SDKs – it’s only more urgent to create a culture and employee mindset of cybersecurity.
SFG can help you build a strong cybersecurity foundation, especially when it comes to the zero-day mindset. Start with the core components to ensure the trust and confirm paradigm, MFA and security posture. We can help you get started, or help you accelerate your cybersecurity journey. Click here to understand and reduce risk to stop threats before a zero-day attack surprises your team. Contact us today.