The elevation of cyber security

Keith Cottenden

Most businesses are now aware of cyber security, due to the recent high profile attacks. But how many know where to start in actively taking the necessary precautions?

The latest cyber-attack in the form of the ‘WannaCry’ ransomware virus caught the attention of global media outlets and savvy business leaders alike, who understand the critical nature of cyber security.

The rate at which this cyber-attack spread and the organisations it effected (most notably the NHS and Nissan) has further elevated the seriousness of implementing a rigorous cyber security response plan. It has also highlighted the fact that all bets are off when taking into consideration who is being targeted, if anyone, as it appears organisations of all dimensions are firmly in the cross hairs of cyber criminals.

It is vital for businesses to manage the risk of a cyber threat to prevent revenue loss and reputational damage.

Companies that don’t adequately prepare themselves against threats not only face a risk to their reputation and operational capability, but also expose themselves to hefty fines if they are found to have been unprepared to respond to a cyber incident. This will be compounded by the fines imposed by the looming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which takes effect on May 25th 2018.  

However, it’s also apparent that many businesses are still not taking effective measures to secure their systems and data, with many just not sure how to proceed in doing so.

How can this be achieved and what is the starting point? A cyber security audit is a good place to start.

CYFOR provides a comprehensive Cyber Security Audit, which includes a Vulnerability Assessment designed to analyse and expose the weaknesses in your company’s IT infrastructure. This allows their Cyber Security Specialists to advise on the best course of action to vastly improve your cyber threat resilience, securing your data and protecting your business.

Headquartered in Manchester, CYFOR have been established since 2002 and provide specialist Digital Forensics and Cyber Security practises to a vast range of companies, from SMEs to large corporates.  

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