The Challenge(s) of Cyber Security
If cyber security isn’t among your organisation’s biggest concerns, you haven’t been paying attention.
2017 saw personal data belonging to 44 million British citizens stolen in a hack on US credit rating firm Equifax. Second-hand electronics retailer CeX lost two million customers’ data in August. And it was only May 2017, lest we forget, when the NHS was crippled by a strain of ransomware known as WannaCry.
In a networked world, with ever more services and devices connecting to the internet, organisations are putting troves of sensitive data within hackers’ reach. As this potential bounty grows, so does the risk of a hack or intrusion, and it doesn’t take a cyber security expert to see the devastation these attacks can wreak.
Organisations need a robust cyber strategy and the latest technology, but also, crucially, a culture of cyber security awareness. From the CEO on down, every member of an organisation needs to understand how to protect themselves online, handle sensitive data, and keep their devices safe. A network is, after all, only as secure as its weakest link.
To that end, Stuart Hyde QPM, a member of the Europol Internet Security Advisory Board and aql’s regional ambassador for CiSP, has put together a checklist to help organisations keep themselves, and their customers, safe.
1. Network security
2. User education and awareness
3. Malware prevention
4. Removable media controls
5. Secure conﬁguration
6. Managing user privileges
7. Incident management
9. Home and mobile working
10. Set up your Risk Management Regime
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