SOS – Save Our Security

Last year 58% of companies left over 100,000 folders open for the world – and any maliciously interested parties therein – to see. The sensitivity of these folders varies, but with cyber-criminals becoming increasingly savvy in their approach to data theft it is becoming increasingly harder to protect yourself.

“Disastrous breach” is a term thrown around heavily with regard to this topic. When high value files are stolen through malware attacks it’s a sign that cyber security is not being invested in heavily enough, as businesses lost an average of £1.8 million last year. These losses seem preventable, yes? Now, obviously most smaller businesses will not lose that much, but there is no price on the sensitive personal or professional data that external observers could become privy to. Liability then becomes a factor, because everyone remembers when the personal data of 380,000 British Airways customers were exposed in 2018. Names, addresses, email addresses, credit card details, security passwords. It was quite the ordeal.

The risk of losing potentially vital data to cyber theft is growing at an alarming rate, so much so that experts in the UK seem to be losing the battle. More sophisticated attacks are slipping through the hands of firewalls and other traditional means of defence at a greater frequency than ever. These villains don’t need to wear a dalmatian fur coat, or to laugh maniacally in your face before monologuing their grand plans toward you; the difference being the ease with which attacks can be perpetrated. Because of this, insurers found that an alarmingly sharp year-on-year increase in cyber-attacks of 15% was recorded in first-quarter 2019. When more than half of UK firms are this insecure, there is no doubting the threat of this pandemic – not to be too much of a fear-monger.

When surveyed, a majority of specialists in the cyber-defence field cited a lack of knowledge and appropriately skilled workers as the primary cause for this rise in data breaches, meaning trained individuals are the true key resource. Confidence in this specialised sector has obviously taken a blow, as displayed by the low wage-spending by businesses on the defined cyber-security role. It is therefore easy to see how three quarters of firms in the UK are recognised as “Novices” in terms of cyber security preparedness.

Now for the good news - there is plenty that can be done in preventing this new-age criminal. Many skills can be taught that will make any system airtight. CompTIA CySA+ is the IT workforce certification that will enable you to prevent, detect and combat cybersecurity threats through behavioural analytics. Through threat and vulnerability management you can implement information assessment techniques that will defend your information, while frameworks, policy and procedure standardisation can aid in response to a wide range of cyber-security situations. Quanta is a recognised and authorised partner of CompTIA at all levels – so there is every reason to become cyber-secure with us today.

Find out about CompTIA CySA+ here.