The risk of cyber threats to business is high, but when your stakeholders include citizens, the impact of successful breaches have far wider implications. In the first half of 2019 local councils faced 263 million cyber-attacks (Gallagher, 2020) and the Government sector was found to be the 6th most targeted sector in the IBM X -Force Threat Intelligence Index, 2020, signalling councils are very much in the cross-hairs of cyber criminals. We’ll take a look at the top cyber security challenges facing local government in an already complicated world.
How do you manage something which is etched into human personality and behaviour; the act of wanting to comply with authority and reacting to urgent matters with the utmost interest? Essentially you don’t, you engineer the environment, situations and working processes to complement these weaknesses and thus strengthen them.
The debate of whether or not organisations should pay ransoms to cybercriminals in return for their unencrypted data has been going on for years. On one hand, as data is now the lifeblood of almost all organisations a successful ransomware attack can mean business closure. However, succumbing to the ransom is only fuelling the cybercrime economy which is now estimated to be the 3rd largest in the world. But a recent report into ransomware attacks may add weight to the notion of never paying the ransom.
In this week's episode of Secure with Celerity we were joined by Celerity Lead Cyber Security Analyst, Josh Read and Celerity Business Development, Chris McCartney.