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According to FireEye, becoming a victim of a cyber attack is still common enough, but the company found that such attacks are being detected more and more quickly. According to the company, the reason for this is the use of stricter regulations regarding data collection, such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

According to FireEye, the amount of time that hackers have per attack if they have entered a system before the alarm bells go off has decreased considerably. The average time used to be around 177 days, which has decreased in recent years by seventy percent to 54 days.

According to FireEye, one reason for reacting much faster to attacks is the legislation. A significant fine is hanging over the heads of companies that don’t raise the alarm with the authorities quickly enough after a hacking attack, making many more parties make security a priority.

Although the GDPR, which has been in force for almost two years now, only has an impact on European companies, its impact is also pervasive on a global scale. Parties doing business with European companies or carrying data across Europe also contribute to a significant reduction in the time hackers have to browse systems.

Of course, according to FireEye, there are still exceptions. The company believes that it still regularly happens that there are companies where a cyberattack is only noticed years after the intrusion: the proof that cyber criminals do have the opportunity to take a look behind the scenes of companies; unseen.