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Home / News & Opportunities / Blog / May 2017 (1) / SIAN CONWAY - WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR CYBER SECURITY?

Date: 04/05/2017

95% of cyber security incidents involve human error. It’s the users within a business who have access to the most sensitive information and hackers know this. So why is cyber security in most businesses left to the ‘IT guy’?

The majority of security hacks are the result of innocent mistakes made by users who are tricked by hackers.

One of the leading errors made by insiders is sending sensitive documents to unintended recipients. Lost or stolen mobile devices are also a major concern as more businesses embrace “Bring Your Own Device”, and spear-phishing scams using emails which contain malicious attachments continue to pose a threat.

Effective cyber security strategies include the tools and resources to keep an organisation safe, but a secure system on its own isn’t enough.

Businesses need to promote a security culture throughout the organisation so that all users know what threats to look out for and what to do to stay secure.

People are becoming more security conscious but hackers are also getting smarter. In 2015, social engineering, which involves a hacker tricking someone into breaking normal security procedures (often by building a relationship with them, posing as someone else or using details from social media to con them), became the top attack technique, replacing exploits of hardware and software vulnerabilities.
The good news is businesses can protect themselves. Technology can provide automated safeguards but even organisations with strong security practices are still vulnerable to human error.

Employee education is key. Making everyone in the organisation aware of the threats they face and what they can do to guard against them. Cyber security is no longer the responsibility of the ‘IT guy’ – everyone has a part to play.

The Government-backed Cyber Essentials scheme can reduce 80% of cyber risks to businesses by putting simple security steps in place.

Implementing the Cyber Essentials recommendations can be a low cost way of quickly securing your business. Spending some time making sure your people understand your security processes is another key step in keeping your business secure.

Cyber security doesn’t have to be scary. Approaching it collectively will prepare employees for the current threats and ensure your security processes are up to date too.

Accountability and responsibility should be embedded as opportunities to strengthen your organisation’s commitment to protecting information which supports the goals of the business. Savvy and alert employees play an important role in proactively preventing attack and a cyber aware company culture can help protect your business at every level.

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Sian Conway

Marketing Manager

As an enthusiastic and pro-active Marketing Manager with extensive experience of working with start-ups, high-growth brands and well established commercial companies, I help people and businesses achieve their goals by developing brands with impact.

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