So, October is Cybersecurity Month in America. Three years ago Barrack Obama declared that ‘cyber threat is one of the most serious economic and national security challenges we face as a nation’ and that ‘America’s economic prosperity in the 21st century will depend on cybersecurity.’ Three years on, are we any wiser to cyber attacks? How do organisations protect information against persistent cyber threats?
By definition ‘Cybersecurity is the body of technologies, processes and practices designed to protect networks, computers, programs and data from attack, damage or unauthorized access’ according to techtarget.com.
Just think for a moment: how much data does your organisation store on external parties or clients?
In addition, how many (personal) online purchases you have made, or, how many social networking sites do you log on to daily?
This information, whether it is personal, client based or that of a supplier, is in the hands of others or organisations – how can you be sure that they are storing it in a secure manor and ensuring your rights under the data protection act? What assurances can they offer?
As a minimum they should have regular penetration test completed on their network to reduce the risk of hackers accessing your personal information as well as putting controls in place to mitigate any vulnerabilities.
This book on penetration testing tells you more…