Businesses are experiencing a double whammy of ever-changing cyber security threats plus increased accountability if something does go wrong. The combination of internet criminals on one side and GDPR on the other makes it a nervous time for many business owners and senior managers.
Natural reactions to increased punishment for failure to prevent something that you don’t understand tends to be either head in the clouds or head in the sand – “it won’t happen to me” or “frankly, I’ll just panic when it happens”. Neither, of course, is very useful.
Here is what happened to one local business:
‘One of our directors clicked on a link in an email. He gets over 100 emails a day, so was probably rushing through them. Next thing we knew was that our files were getting corrupted and encrypted. We all had to stop work, we shut down the entire company network and restored the data from the last backup. Then we went back on to the network, one computer at a time, as we checked each machine. We didn’t lose any data or pay a ransom, but it was hugely disruptive. And no-one will forget which director caused it!’
What is much more useful than a “do nothing” strategy is to take preventive action. How about devoting thirty minutes of your time to getting a better understanding of the threats that are impacting businesses and other organisations? More importantly, it would be time well spent if you came away with a clear understanding of your next steps to strengthen your organisation’s IT security.
That is exactly what is on offer from the Riverbank IT security webinar that start on Wednesday 11 July at 2pm. Join Steve Miller and Calum Clewer as they unpick the major threats to businesses and how GDPR has ushered in an era of increased accountability. At the end of the webinar you will understand:
- How the way we work means we need a different approach to IT security.
- The threats from ransomware, phishing and spear-phishing, and how these can be state-sponsored attacks, not just emails coming from criminals.
- The risk to you of any security breach or data loss, wherever it happens.
- Why you also need to worry about the disgruntled employee and the “bumbling idiot”.
- Why reputational damage can be far greater than the actual security breach.
You will also understand how you can take your first steps to protecting your organisation and demonstrating that you take IT security seriously.