The first action of defence against cyber attack is to install appropriate technical controls to secure the information your business holds. The most common threat today is an attack that is typically based on sending an email to a member of staff with an attachment. By opening the file, malware is downloaded onto the computer and the rest is then history. Educating staff to not open attachments or click on links is one of the most important areas for organisations to concentrate on.
The risks from cyber-attacks are no longer just a matter for IT departments but all members of the organisations. High profile attacks like TalkTalk and Sony have resulted in serious financial and reputational damage being done. The result is that cyber security is starting to become an issue that is handled at director level.
Most organisations that are serious about protecting their information understand that a successful cyber attack is unfortunately inevitable. For the majority of businesses, implementing recommended controls would prevent most straightforward attacks. However, this does not enable them to deal with unexpected, more refined attacks.
Well-developed monitoring processes need to be implemented across an organisation to detect unauthorised network activity and initiate diagnostics quickly and effectively. For any organisation holding significant amounts of sensitive or personal data, they must ensure their systems can identify attacks and automatically change themselves to stop the attack being successful – or minimise the damage that occurs.
The Future of Technology.
The Internet addressing protocol IPv6 will provide every single Internet-enabled device in the world with its own unique address so that they can be individually contacted. Smartphones, tablets, washing machines and even cars will be included. Whilst our lives are becoming more connected and convenient, this causes bigger risks and opportunities for attacks to access our personal data. The hacker of today only needs access to the Internet to initiate an attack. The way we are connected to the Internet and the number of devices we use continues to grow, so does the risks of being attacked. Simple steps can help keep your online presence safe!