Cyber crime is a lucrative business. In fact, to make the cyber attack as profitable as possible and to minimize the risk of getting caught, attackers and black hat hackers take their time and will in most cases investigate their potential target before they go in for the steal. They comprehensively study the network with the aim to find weak spots which could be exploited, and they could even go as far as to spy on key personnel and study their behavior on the corporate network to find loopholes and thus a way in.
While attackers have the advantage of time on their side, organizations must adopt strategies to be forward thinking and to identify any ‘weak spots’ before an attack occurs. In short, they need to take proactive measures to understand their network better than their attackers.