A-Z Glossary of Information Security and Social Engineering Terms

Dwell Time

Dwell Time

The time between the infection and detection of malicious software or hacker infiltration. Most security researchers estimate the average dwell time to be 150 days. If an organisation has experienced a breach, dwell time can be reduced by trained employees to can spot anomalies on their IT systems. Dwell time can also be reduced by having robust easy-to-use reporting mechanism.

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