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Essential books help senior managers set a cybersecurity strategy

03/04/2012

Ely, England, 3 April 2012 – Cybercrime is real and organisations that don’t take it seriously can incur direct and indirect financial losses if their information is stolen. Indirect financial losses are associated with loss of customers and reputation damage and can have a devastating impact on business, particularly on smaller and medium-sized companies.

Cybercriminals are increasingly sophisticated and organised, and unless they have an adequate information security management system (ISMS) in place, organisations can be very vulnerable to attacks.

In a debate on ‘The Future of Cyberwarfare’ broadcasted on the ‘The Voice of Russia’ radio show, Alan Calder, CEO of IT Governance, said, “It is completely impossible to regulate cyberweapons. The weapons that are being used are used at a low level by hackers and at a high level by extremely experienced, well funded organisations with the skills to penetrate significant and sophisticated defences.”

Calder continued, “The broader range of issues affect all organisations and none of these issues have the security of being controlled by a treaty or a regulation.”

A recent report from accountancy firm PwC on cybercrime highlights has said that complacency amongst top managers is a key issue. It is not well understood that cybersecurity management is the responsibility of the board, and that every organisation needs an integrated cybersecurity strategy in order to remain competitive in the 21st century.

‘Must read’ books for managers:

IT Governance: A Manager's Guide to Data Security and ISO27001/ISO27002 provides a clear and unique guidance for both technical and non-technical managers, explaining how to design, implement and deliver an ISMS that complies with ISO27001 – the cybersecurity standard. This book is the ultimate guide for board members and will help them to understand how to manage IT and risks effectively and efficiently.

CyberWar, CyberTerror, CyberCrime gives you a stark and timely analysis of the hostile online landscape that today’s corporate systems inhabit It provides CIOs and IT professionals with a practical introduction to the defensive strategies that can be employed in response.

21st Century Chinese Cyberwarfare is a brand new title form IT Governance Publishing and is the first to gather the salient information regarding the use of cyberwarfare doctrine by the People’s Republic of China, to promote its own hegemonic, national self-interests and enforce its political, military and economic will on other nation states. The threat of Chinese cyberwarfare can no longer be ignored.

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