Around the world, professionals acknowledge Cyber Security Awareness Month in October.
The event was founded in the US, there known as National Cyber Security Awareness Month. It was a collaboration between the Department of Homeland Security and the non-profit National Security Alliance.
“Cyber Security Awareness Month is a great way of raising awareness for all businesses – not just those in the digital sectors. Anybody from educational institutions to manufacturers can be affected by holes in their security strategy, and should be vigilant all year round.”
Reviewing your Cyber Security
One of the many services NexusProtect offers is a comprehensive audit of a business’ security practices. This can be anything from physical security to GDPR compliance, but the cyber security arm is considerably more in-depth.
“Depending on your industry, there can be vulnerabilities on many levels,” says Nick.
He cites the example of the Equifax breach in 2017, where a simple supply chain vulnerability led to the leak of 773 million personal records.
“Often, these breaches are not malicious but simply accidental,” explains Nick. “That is why regular in-house cyber security training is so essential.”
“Something as simple as writing passwords on post-its and leaving them around can lead to deadly consequences”
Nick Holden, NexusProtect
Nick adds that in a global exercise, his team found that 91% of office workers who opened a phishing link had not had any security training.
Holes in Security Systems
“Beyond staff knowledge, there is also the in-house tech to consider,” suggest Nick. “For example, your company may be using out of date software that does not have the latest security patches.”
Likewise, there needs to be a robust authentication process for all systems.
“A two-factor authentication system that asks users to enter a code sent to a mobile device can help to prevent unauthorised access to emails.”
Alternatively, a decentralised password management system ensures businesses are not vulnerable to cloud attacks.
Another key awareness factor is regular reviews of staff access.
“There may be certain files that only senior management can access, or pin codes and passwords. These need to be updated regularly and changed every time a staff member leaves or changes position,” Nick says.
“There are countless cases of disgruntled ex-employees hacking into systems. This can risk not only financial loss, but reputational damage too”
Nick Holden, NexusProtect
Taking an Holistic Approach
“Above all,” says Nick, “it is important to include all departments in any security review.”
While cyber security may be just one facet, it involves all departments, right down to daily key access.
“We work with a personal approach across departments from HR to marketing, physical security and IT,” concludes Nick. “Ultimately, the security of a business depends on its people, so our mission is to educate everyone toward a more secure business.”
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