Time to rethink the risk of cyber threats

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Cyber security is a serious issue, but do you truly know the full scale of the threats you face?

Build the battlements of the future.

There are various types of cyber-attacks and they are constantly evolving in our world, so it’s vital we learn how to deal with these.  It might sound strange, but medieval warfare can teach you a lot about the threats you face in the current digital world.

The first castles were made of wood, but quickly evolved to stone as they offered little protection against fire.  However, invading armies overcame this by bringing siege towers to break their way in. The next step was for castles to have moats to protect access their boundary walls.  And so on…

In this way, castle defences evolved to protect against new threats created by the attackers — that’s exactly what your cyber security needs to do too.

Never underestimate the threat to your organisation.

Building your own cyber castle is not easy. Cyber-crime currently costs the world roughly $400 billion every year.  In 2015, criminal entrepreneurs breached defences to reach roughly 169 million personal records.

This demonstrates that businesses still struggle to keep criminal entrepreneurs off their networks, which comes as no surprise to us. To prevent a security breach, your business needs to succeed in repelling 100 per cent of the attacks made against you. Unfortunately, cyber criminals only need one chance to get their big payday.

You’re not as safe as you think you are.

Your battle against cyber criminals becomes even harder when you add the evolving nature of attacks to the equation. As soon as you protect against the latest threat, malware authors upgrade their software and as a result, this demands another response from your IT team.

Take Gameover Zeus, as an example.  This was a trojan that cyber criminals created to steal usernames and passwords.  Since it was discovered in 2011, it has been upgraded to include denial-of-service, which now makes it harder to detect.

Stay one step ahead.

Ultimately, as cyber-crime evolves, your business is only as safe as your last upgrade.  The way to make sure you are one step ahead of the criminal entrepreneurs is to know what threats are out there.

You’ll never overcome a siege if you can’t match your enemy. To truly tackle cyber-crime, it’s time to rethink the risk and stay up-to-date with what you’re up against.

Turn your digital castle into an impregnable fortress — read BT’s report  ‘Taking the Offensive — Disrupting Cyber Crime’, produced in partnership with KPMG, to discover how to stay one step ahead of the cyber criminals.

In our next blog, we’ll discuss the steps your business can take to rethink the risk and prevent a security breach in your organisation.

Darragh Lambe


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