Whether you’re a committed Europhile or a determined Brexiter, there’s one thing you can be certain of in these uncertain times: cyber crime isn’t going to pause for a referendum.
The Remain campaign is only narrowly ahead according to a new poll conducted for the Telegraph, and businesses are, understandably, exercising caution until they know exactly what’s going to happen after 23 June.
Cyber criminals, meanwhile, are carrying on as normal – after all, the Internet is already without boundaries, and opportunities for exploitation are as abundant as ever.
Indeed, there is an argument to be made that corporate caution in the face of a Brexit vote is actually a good thing for criminals. If businesses are holding back on spending until after the referendum – and every indication is that they are – then the chances are that their cyber defences are suffering as a result.
Make no mistake: many things can wait until after June, but spending on cyber security can’t. The cyber threat is real, it’s immediate, and it’s increasing. Whatever your line of business, whatever the size or location of your organisation, you need to make sure your cyber security posture can handle the daily onslaught of international cyber crime.
As the Institute of Directors said in a recent report [PDF download], UK businesses “are not taking cyber security seriously enough” and there is “a worrying gap between awareness of the risks and business preparedness.”
Best-practice information security
Responsible businesses that want to protect themselves should look to the international standard for cyber security, ISO 27001. An ISO 27001-compliant information security management system (ISMS) provides a risk-based approach to data security that can be applied across the firm and throughout the supply chain. Once your ISMS has been certified to the Standard you can insist that third-party contractors and suppliers also achieve certification. In addition to this, the external validation offered by ISO 27001 certification is likely to improve your organisation’s cyber security posture and business efficiency while providing a higher level of confidence to customers and stakeholders, as well as allowing you to meet your legal, contractual and regulatory data protection obligations.
Help towards ISO 27001 certification
IT Governance has been helping organisations implement ISO 27001 for well over a decade, and is your single source for everything to do with ISO 27001 – from the Standard itself to books, documentation toolkits, training courses, consultancy and software to help you implement an information security management system in your organisation.
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