Keeping you up to date with plain language explanations of your obligations and liabilities under data protection law, electronic law and privacy law. With a touch of cybersecurity and trends like blockchain and quantum computing.
It's everybody's business
High profile cyber attacks hit the headlines more than ever before, and so they should. While the panic of finding out if you've been hacked feels somewhat prescribed for modern life, there's no comfort to be found in complacency. It's not just a problem for your IT Department: cyber security is everyone's business.
Cyber security relates to your company's mechanisms for protecting computers, programmes, data, and networks, from unauthorised access. Malicious attacks, whereby company information, important data, or even confidential memos, can be obtained without permission, are all the more common. A simple republication of a confidential internal memo via a social media post can be construed as a form of cyber attack. But, what is unauthorised access? Simply put: any time a piece of information or data from within your company is shared publicly, or with someone outside of your organisation without the required permissions, that's unauthorised access. That data or information could be anything from an internal memo, to a complex piece of code embedded in a network server. Or, it could simply be an email password. No matter the element of data shared, the risk of unauthorised access remains the same: high.
All types of security
Cyber security also does not end with simply protecting your organisation's digital assets: it extends to protecting and ensuring the integrity of your physical assets too. Of course, protecting physical assets, by ensuring that relevant and appropriate security measures are properly used, is an important part of your business' facilities management mandate. But, physical security measures are not always enough, as is particularly true with our interconnected business landscape, and interpersonal communications.
Higher risk landscape
As the world has shifted its attention and effort away from paper-based communication, and face-to-face meetings, the risk of a malicious attack has risen. A simple hack into an employee's personal email address, if it has been used for your company's work purposes, could expose your business to an even greater cyber security risk.
The cyber security framework
There are several elements that make up cyber security. These include: