Cyber security definition
Cyber security is the application of technologies, processes and controls to protect systems, networks, programs, devices and data from cyber attacks.
It aims to reduce the risk of cyber attacks, and protect against the unauthorised exploitation of systems, networks and technologies.
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Cyber security vs information security
Cyber security is often confused with information security.
- Cyber security focuses on protecting computer systems from unauthorised access or being otherwise damaged or made inaccessible.
- Information security is a broader category that looks to protect all information assets, whether in hard copy or in digital form.
The legal requirement for cyber security
The GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) and DPA (Data Protection Act) 2018 require organisations to implement appropriate technical and organisational security measures to protect personal data – or risk substantial fines.
Cyber security is a critical business issue for every organisation.
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What are the consequences of a cyber attack?
Cyber attacks cost organisations billions of pounds and can cause serious damage. Impacted organisations stand to lose sensitive data, and face fines and reputational damage.
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Cyber security checklist
Boost your cyber defences with these must-have security measures:
1. Staff awareness training
Human error is the leading cause of data breaches, so you need to equip staff with the knowledge to deal with the threats they face.
Staff awareness training will show staff how security threats affect them and help them apply best-practice advice to real-world situations.
2. Application security
Web application vulnerabilities are a common point of intrusion for cyber criminals.
As applications play an increasingly critical role in business, it is vital to focus on web application security.
3. Network security
Network security is the process of protecting the usability and integrity of your network and data. This is achieved by conducting a network penetration test, which scans your network for vulnerabilities and security issues.
4. Leadership commitment
Leadership commitment is the key to cyber resilience. Without it, it is very difficult to establish or enforce effective processes. Top management must be prepared to invest in appropriate cyber security resources, such as awareness training.
5. Password management
Almost half of the UK population uses ‘password’, ‘123456’ or ‘qwerty’ as their password. You should implement a password management policy that provides guidance to ensure staff create strong passwords and keep them secure.
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