Cyber Security: No longer an Issue for IT Departments Alone

Posted by Stefanie Kober Tue, 04 Nov 2014 13:51:00 GMT

In the past couple of years, we have witnessed a significant increase in the amount of data that can be heard, accessed, downloaded and captured via Internet devices. This advancement is not without drawbacks: everything that is said or done online can be traced, shared and archived, threatening security. 

Cyber Security: A Shared Responsibility
Cyber attacks take place when an anonymous entity – either an individual or a group of hackers – targets a vulnerable system and steals, alters or destroys data. In terms of data sharing, leakage and theft, the risks to businesses are critical: no business can stay passive in its approach to cyber security. Every CEO’s attitude towards a potential cyber threat is of outright importance; cyber security is no longer an issue solely for IT departments. In fact, cyber security readiness should be at the forefront of every business’ agenda. Cyber security begins with personal responsibility, and safeguarding against the numerous types of potential cyber attacks requires a unified team effort.

Cyber Security Readiness
Cyber security readiness means being able to respond to and rapidly recover from a cyber threat or attack, such as distributed denial of service or phishing attack. Knowing what to do in these types of situations should be an important consideration in every business continuity plan. Regardless of their size, companies that plan ahead will be prepared to address any potential threats or disasters that could potentially damage their online systems.

The cyber security readiness process begins with recognizing and understanding potential threats, as cyber attacks and other potential disasters vary depending on a company’s size and industry. A threat is anything that could make a company vulnerable, or increase the probability that its system will not be able to function effectively. Once you are aware of the threats facing your company, cyber security readiness becomes a call for action, or a way of being invariably prepared to tackle any possible flaws that could harm your systems.

When it comes to cyber security readiness, it is important to distinguish between prevention and crisis control. For example, having a strong, difficult-to-guess password, and changing it periodically, is a good way to prevent cyber attacks, while always backing up your data is a good measure for crisis control.

Ideally, it is best to always be prepared and assume that your system is always at risk. Maintaining a cautious attitude will help keep your preparedness level high.

Investing in Education
Even the most thorough cyber security readiness program can never be foolproof – a company can take all the necessary precautions but it may still be insufficient; the system is only as strong as its weakest link. Arguably, the most basic threat to security is lack of awareness and misinformed individuals. Providing awareness and education to all staff members will go a long way in protecting against security breaches. After all, an investment in knowledge pays the best interest.

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