In our first blog post we are going to try and answer a fairly basic, but commonly asked question, what is cyber security? Is it passwords? Is it anti-virus? Is it not responding to emails telling us we have inherited £10 million pounds from a mysterious benefactor? In truth it is all of these and much more.
Cyber security is about protecting yourself, your organisation and your information from cyber security threats, and by cyber threats we generally mean threats from the internet. The internet is a great tool, one of the greatest inventions of the modern age. But by taking advantage of all the good things it offers you should also understand the risks that are involved. This includes hackers gaining access to information, cyberbullying, identify theft and banking fraud.
As technology evolves and systems become ever more complex, we will become evermore connected with each other. The cyber threats we face are only going to grow and the need to protect yourself evermore important. So, how do you protect yourself against these threats?
On a personal level we recommend following the basics, make sure your computer / phone / tablet is up to date with the latest software patches, keep your anti-virus up to date, don’t give out personal information every time it is requested, and be cautious when clicking links in emails, certainly from someone telling you your bank account has been hacked (tip: the bank won’t email you to tell you this!). The best approach is to be slightly cautious and develop a questioning mindset.
For organisations it becomes a bit more complex. You need to understand the risks you face, the budget you are prepared to allocate to protecting yourself, and the impact of being compromised. You need to understand the value of the information you have, and how losing access to this, or having someone else gain access to this, will affect your business. This may also mean being aware of any regulatory requirements such as GDPR.
The personal basics outlined above are a good place to start, but organisations usually need much more. Generally they need a cyber strategy, an understanding of risks, and technology that provides a propotionate level of cyber security.
That is where Logiq come in. We are information security experts, we work with orgainsations to help improve their security posture and develop strategies to respond to cyber attacks. We support a vast range of organisations, from large government departments to small businesses. So if you want to understand more about cyber security, and how you can take steps to protect yourself and organisation from cyber threats contact us today, and let our expertise benefit you.