Back to School: Lessons in cyber security

The insider threat: Tony Glass, GM and VP EMEA?of Skillsoft?

“Whilst employees are often considered to be an organisation?s most precious asset, they can also cause the?biggest problems. Alphabet, Google?s parent company, filed a lawsuit against former engineer Anthony Levandowski, who now works with Uber. The company accused him?of copying over?14,000 internal files and taking them to his new employer. While the case is far from over, it illustrates the real and present danger posed by employees ??the insider threat.

“It has to be said that not all threats posed by employees are malicious. In fact, many are?silly mistakes ? like clicking on a URL in an email that leads to a phishing attack. The key is education. Staff?actions?can lead to catastrophic outcomes. By giving them?the skills and knowledge needed to protect the organisation against potential threats, businesses can relax, knowing that good cyber practice is being adhered to.”

The issue of MSP: Jon Lucas, director?of Hyve Managed Hosting

?Many organisations struggle to keep up with methods used to?protect against vulnerabilities. Managed service providers generally make excellent tutors, providing education on real-time network threat awareness as well as methods for preventing intrusion. But?as we?ve seen this year, data breaches can occur as a result of the third party?s failings.

“Businesses looking for best in class defence against outside threats should do research to ensure a managed service provider is the right security partner. This includes ensuring the MSP has a proved track record when dealing with attacks of varying kinds, can deliver the most innovative security solutions and can adhere to strict service level agreements.?

Digital transformation and the Elastic Edge: Ryan Allphin, CTO?of Cradlepoint

“In today?s emerging connected enterprise, the network extends beyond the traditional fixed location boundaries to span the Internet, connecting everything from kiosks, sensors and cameras to digital signage, and vehicles. For many of us, work is no longer a destination, but something that can be done from any device, anywhere.

“From a convenience and productivity perspective this?offers many advantages. From a cyber security perspective, it?s a different matter. What?s needed is a network with an Elastic Edge; one that?s fit for purpose for today?s lean, agile and connected enterprise and that puts security, visibility and analytics at its heart. Organisations need to keep customer and company data secure by looking at the foundational building blocks of network security.?

Getting an F in cyber security can be detrimental to business. With hackers becoming smarter and more resourceful than ever, IT teams must revise their cyber security policies, and ensure that they are well prepared for the security tests to come as the second half of the year unfolds.

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