We delve into the world of cybersecurity and give you the tools to strengthen your attack surface.
Not a week goes by where a cyber-attack or ransomware hack doesn’t hit the news, with these attacks becoming more sophisticated and ever more ruthless. And it’s not just limited to corporates. Government agencies, food supply chains and hospitals have also been in the firing line in the last few years. In response to this, the US government have even gone as far as inviting hackers to join their ranks and help fight against cyber terrorism from other nations. At this year’s Black Hat cybersecurity conference US Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said: “The Great Game is playing out in cyberspace right now.”
Over on our side of the pond, in a bold move by the Ministry of Defence, 26 ethical hackers were invited to a Bug Bounty programme in collaboration with US-based organisation HackerOne. This one-month scheme aimed to identify and fix vulnerabilities in cyber systems to strengthen Defence’s security and to ensure better resilience.
Obvisouly these canny manoeuvres are out of reach for most organisations, however there are other ways businesses like yours can improve your security posture more swiftly. So what can you do to make sure you’re as secure as you can be in this ever-evolving cyber world?
During the pandemic (according to a recent UK Government report) there have been notable increases in organisations like yours upping their cybersecurity ante by:
- taking out some form of cyber insurance (43% of businesses and 29% of charities) – this is up from 32 per cent for businesses in 2020
- undertaking cybersecurity risk assessments (34% and 32%)
- testing staff, such as through mock phishing exercises (20% and 14%)
- carrying out cybersecurity vulnerability audits (15% and 12%)
How can you turn up the dial on your security and resilience today?