IT Pro – UK businesses failing basic security measures

itproBritain’s business are still ignoring basic security fundamentals, with almost half failing to implement foundational security protections. This is according to the annual Cyber Security Breaches Survey, conducted by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to assess the security awareness and preparedness of businesses in the UK, which found that many UK companies are not following the basic security steps laid out as part of the government’s Cyber Essentials scheme.

“While it’s troubling to hear that almost half of UK businesses have experienced a cyber attack in the past year, the actual volume of these incidents is likely considerably higher,” said Gemalto’s CTO and former ethical hacker, Jason Hart. “In fact, we’ve seen from our Breach Level Index that almost as many data incidents are caused by accidental loss, as malicious outsiders.”

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IBC 365 – Germany leads cloud security adoption

365-logoThe UK has fallen behind other countries in protecting assets stored in the cloud, according to a study conducted by digital security company Gemalto. The findings revealed regional discrepancies in adopting cloud security, with Germany the front-runner.

Gemalto Chief Technology Officer of Data Protection, Jason Hart said: “ While it’s good to see some countries like Germany taking the issue of cloud security seriously, there is a worrying attitude emerging elsewhere.”

This could be because it is assumed that data protection in the cloud is difficult to maintain, however, Hart stated: “The opposite is true.

“The benefit of the cloud is its convenience, scalability and cost control in offering options to businesses that they would not be able to access or afford on their own, particularly when it comes to security. However, while securing data is easier, there should never be an assumption that cloud adoption means information is automatically secure.”

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SC Media – Struggle is real: UK businesses unprepared for cyber-attack response

scmediaBusinesses in the UK are struggling to face the looming threat of cyber-attacks, with nearly a third of C-level executives admitting they don’t have a response plan – or don’t even know whether or not they have one.

“Security training within businesses today is essentially not working. There needs to be different types of training for different types of individuals within the organisation. More importantly, the training needs to highlight the potential impact of security breaches to specific individuals,” Hart said.

“Security ultimately needs to be transparent to the individual user. We are a long way from that point today. But there are hopeful signs. The onward march of AI and behavioural analytics is helping drive the process and the move to cloud and microservices will help to accelerate it. Looking to the future, however, if this is to be sustained, we need to see more collaboration between technology vendors and cloud providers and vendors need to make security simpler and easier for users,” Hart said.

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