One of my favorite things to do is to read articles with titles like "ten things you didn't know about <<insert topic here>>". 

I was reading that kind of article from CPO Magazine today: "11 Eye[-]Opening Cyber Security Statistics for 2019." In it, Matt Powell does a great job of encapsulating what anyone in IT faces every day, sometimes without really knowing what they're facing. 

Spoiler alert and TL;DR: there are a lot of people out there trying to compromise you and your organization. Your best bet is to protect yourself. 

Great! Thanks. But how do you go about that? The article did exactly what it set out to do, but armed with all of the scary statistics, how do you keep yourself from being the next one in the news. 

Anyone who's talked to me before about security knows that I'm a firm believer in a holistic security methodology. Identify the right technologies and build your own stack of technologies to protect yourself as best you can; use an analytics/aggregator stack to collect all of the events and data coming out of those; feed that data into a workflow so that you don't do what literally everyone does when there is an event: run around in circles, flailing your arms wildly. 

So: security tools; aggregator/analytics/workflow. Then you're able to halt, mitigate, and report in a fraction of the time you would before.

Thanks for reading! I look forward to your feedback and hope this helps.