Dwell Time is the amount of time threat actors go undetected in an environment. In other words, when a hacker intrudes into your network or systems, the dwell time is that amount of time from point of entry to the point they are caught or the organization notices they have been breached by this hacker.
In 2017, Mandiant reported that the average dwell time of a threat in a corporate environment was 99 days. As of May 2018 it was up to 101, and that’s just an average. Many organizations have discovered threats that had lurked in their environments years before being discovered. It makes sense that the average amount of dwell time would increase as the amount of cybersecurity threats in general have been increasing. Understanding the importance of cybersecurity and securing your business will help reduce the likelihood of having a hacker sit in your systems for days and months.
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What does this mean for an SMB?
Finally, take pains to backup and encrypt critical data at rest and in motion within your environment to ensure it is protected and available when you need it.
CyberHoot can help train your employees, develop and deploy strong cybersecurity policies, and provide you with dark web exposure reports to your domain’s employees. Phishing tests are available to test your employees on a recurring basis to ensure they stay vigilant and continue to exercise the skills they develop from these best practices.