End 2020 IDG published a study on Security priorities, and it provides important guidelines to the priorities of securing yourself and your company
Protection of confidential and sensitive data
Enhance access control
Understand external threats
Plan for unexpected risks
This pretty much confirms that your customers, stakeholder’s and staff interest in protecting personal data is driving security from business perspective.
If you see the increase of cyberattacks and ransomware hitting the business, it’s pretty obvious that Business Continuity Management and Disaster recovery must be on top of your priority list. You need to have a tested plan against successful cyberattacks and ransomware, to avoid extended business damage and massive (ransom) costs … afterwards.
To put a plan together, you need to understand who is your adversary and what the current state of cybersecurity is. And this study is a simple but smart guide to define your priorities.
The better you prepare, the less it will cost. But you’ll only be able to tell when it goes wrong.
CyberEdge has released the 2015 Cyberthreat Defense Report, which is a very-interesting-read for security professionals.
Among the findings: 52% of respondents expect to fall victim to a cyberattack in 2015.
Although most of these ‘free’ reports don’t cost you a penny, they are not free at all as you’ll need to pay with your personal data.
At minimum with your mail address…
Yes, we know, the registration of your email address is the refund of the marketing these companies need.
But do you want to pay that price?
And a lot of second-line security companies and/or partners of CyberEdge will do the same thing… publishing the free report after you have registered.
(Got the publication notification from Blue Coat systems…, but you can easily find more Bing it yourself.)
The downside of this is that you have no control at all what happens to that registration, despite the privacy and legal regulations (like double opt-in)…
So it’s always fun to look out for really ‘free’ (and legal) downloads… 😉