If You Build It, They Will Come – And Try to Hack It

A recent report from Deloitte has highlighted the growing trend for organisations to place cyber security and cyber resilience at the top of their business agendas.


Well Mark White, principal and chief technology officer, Deloitte Consulting LLP, summed it up nicely in a recent press briefing:

“It’s no longer a discussion about if an organization will get hacked, but only a matter of when, and how quickly and effectively it will respond.

His words echo those of information security expert Alan Calder in his recent blog.

Of the 1,749 business professionals surveyed in Deloitte’s poll, 28% said there organisation had been hacked in the last year, whilst 17% were not confident that there organisation could even detect an attack.

The truth of the matter is that cyber attacks are a concern for all. With all kinds of attack vectors, and with automated attacks on the rise, no one is immune. Don’t take it personally, you might not be attacked because of what you do or who you are, you are attacked because a weakness in your systems has been detected. And your ability to respond to attack, is as important as your ability to defend against an attack.

And as this message, that everyone needs to invest in proportional cyber resilience, permeates through the business world, it starts to become clear that the issue is not just an IT one, but a business one.

Speaking on the subject Kieran Norton, principal, Deloitte & Touche LLP and leader of Deloitte’s U.S. cyber threat management practice, comments:

Cyber security may sound technical in nature, but at its core it is a business issue. Any company’s competitive position and financial health may be at stake. Business and technology leaders need to engage in effective dialog about what the business values most, how the company can drive a competitive advantage, and which information and other digital assets are the most sensitive. Brand, customer trust and strategic positioning may be at risk.”

It sounds like scare mongering, but if you build it they will come, and try to hack it. And Kevin Costner’s and James Earl Jones aren’t going to be around to help you (If you haven’t seen Field of Dreams you should watch it).

And as Field of Dreams probably won’t help your organisations cyber security posture, you’re best off learning more on our cyber resilience information page.