Firms do smart things to help them become resilient. They create business continuity plans, cyber playbooks, terror playbooks, they employ mass notification and document sharing technology and then they take all this good stuff and do something really dumb. They put it in a real or metaphorical box marked ‘Crisis Use Only’.
With the lens of the media fixed firmly on Facebook these past few weeks, the public have never been more aware of their digital footprint and how it can be exploited.
Managing the fall out of a data breach is a team effort, making communication vital. Every employee with an email address can be targeted by increasingly sophisticated phishing scammers - making the protection of an organisation’s data the responsibility of everyone, not just the IT department.
WannaCry was the breach that catapulted cyber security into the headlines last year. The NHS, an organisation close to our hearts and an integral part of our country’s infrastructure, experienced a cyber attack that brought it to its knees. However, the most significant impact of the breach was on public confidence in UK institutions’ ability to defend themselves against hackers.
Authorities in Abu Dhabi have found a means to benefit from their huge network of CCTV cameras through Falcon Eye - a surveillance system that processes live video to track the movements of individuals all over the emirate.
Watching the Panama Papers spectacle unfold on the world stage made it evident to every shocked onlooker: law firms’ files hold the juiciest secrets.
WhatsApp is a much-loved messaging app, with a billion users worldwide. While it’s great for group chats, free texts and voice calls and sharing photos and videos, WhatsApp is not suitable for a professional setting and could land you with a nasty fine from the Information Commissioner’s Office.
In May 2018, the GDPR, a regulation created to protect the data of private citizens and corporations, will come into effect and companies will have to take greater responsibility for data protection or face hefty fines. Tech experts and police are warning that these fines will encourage hackers to hold data for ransom – so long as the ransom undercuts the cost of fines from the ICO and the costs incurred by the damage to reputation.