With all the opportunities that digital technology, devices, and media bring us there are some inherent risks that we must mitigate.
Cybersecurity risk is the probability of exposure or loss resulting from a cyber-attack or data breach on your organisation. All types of and sizes of organisations are at risk, especially in recent years where organisations have an increasing reliance on computers, networks, programs, social media channels, and cloud-based services. Some current figures suggest;
Cybersecurity is more than just technology, it's also critical to recognise the importance of processes and people in the issue. Most cybersecurity attacks involve human-related factors, for example; out of date patch updates, insecure passwords, social engineering, or malware influencing the individual to provide access to systems.
While much of the publicity surrounding cyber-attacks involve high-profile cases within large organisations, all businesses who utilise technology in their day-to-day operations need to be confident of not only their own cybersecurity but also that of their 3rd parties.
“Cyber–attacks on the maritime industry’s OT systems have increased by 900% over the last three years. There were 50 significant OT hacks reported in 2017, rising to 120 in 2018 and more than 300 in the previous year. This year will probably end with more than 500 major cybersecurity breaches, with substantially more going unreported” Rizika, 2020.
Taking cyber attack threats seriously is the first step toward cybersecurity. Organisations then have to think beyond their IT department and technology systems to instead focus on protecting their businesses’ most important assets from attack.
Cybersecurity is a highly sensitive area, working with trusted partners who understand how technology, processes and people interlink to build a holistic strategy is critical.
Technology is of course crucial to managing and reducing the risk of cyber-threats to an organisation. Deploying the right technology, at the right time to prevent or reduce the impact of cyber risks, depending on your risk assessment and what you deem an acceptable level of risk.
Processes rely on having the right technology and the right training of people, in order to be successful. Processes could include auditing, frameworks, risk assessments, and the use of management systems to support best practices.
The human factors of cybersecurity represent the actions or events when human error results in a successful hack or data breach. Consulting employees and creating a secure culture from the outset is encouraged when implementing a successful cybersecurity strategy.
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