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Brian Honan shares his opinion on the cyber security industry ahead of IP EXPO Europe
Wednesday 15 August 2018
We sat down with cyber security expert Brian Honan ahead of his cyber security keynote at IP EXPO Europe, to find out his views on the cyber security industry at present.
1. With cybercrime growing, how can organisations remain proactive in addressing it?
The key steps organisations should take are to identify the key assets that they need to defend. Those assets could be confidential business information, the organisation’s intellectual property, financial data, or even their customer data. Once those assets are identified organisations should then regularly review the threats that face that data and the risks associated with those threats. Once these have been identified organisations are then in a much stronger position to determine what security measures they need to put in place and how best to spend their budgets. Constantly reviewing this status will enable those organisations to stay ahead of those who threaten their data be they internal or external actors.
2. What are some of the most innovative approaches to cyber security you see organisations are taking at the moment?
There are a number of interesting approaches to cyber security I have seen amongst our clients. These are not ground breaking trends but interesting none the least. Firstly, there is a growing recognition that the end user is not the “weakest link” as often cited. Instead, and this has been demonstrated by the Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR), users can be the most effective tool in protecting data and systems. According to the DBIR more breaches were detected by users than were detected by log monitoring, SEIM, or other security solutions. As a result companies that invest if effective and engaging programs to change user culture and behaviour around security are finding better returns for their security investment. In addition, we are seeing more and more clients look to the cloud to provide security management solutions to enable them support a more mobile and dispersed workforce. These cloud based security solutions include cloud based anti-virus, mobile device management, DDoS protection, and password manager solutions to name but a few
3. What do you think the next big trend in cyber security will be?
I think the next big trend in cyber security will be in the embracing of the cloud and a recognition that people and data are no longer bound by traditional office walls and networks. Modern business needs to operate at any time and from anywhere. The traditional model of protecting the network and the servers is dead and it is now time to focus on the data and how best to protect that data no matter where it is.
4. What do you think have been the most significant changes in the industry since you started?
I would love to answer this question with many positive examples in the leaps and bounds relating to security solutions. However, when you analyse the security breaches we see today and compare them to those of twenty or thirty years ago we see the same issues as being the root cause. For example, the resurgence of ransomware has brought a new wave of point solutions to deal with that threat. However, at its heart ransomware is simply a computer virus at heart. To me it is disheartening that at this stage in our industry we have still not mastered the basics to protect and prevent infection by computer viruses.
5. Do you think businesses and government organisations need to do more to educate the public on cyber security?
Today’s society is totally reliant on technology. It is embedded into aspect of our lives ranging from the devices we have in our homes, to our smartphones, to the systems we on in work, and the systems that manage critical areas of our world such as utilities, banking, transport, to name but a few. However, many businesses have ignored security both from their own point of view and also from their responsibilities as good corporate citizens who are responsible for protecting data and systems that we rely on. Many governments have not invested properly in educating businesses and citizens on how best to protect themselves online. Over the decades countless millions has been invested by governments in areas such as road safety, fire safety, and crime prevention. However, when it comes to cybersecurity we have not seen the same level of investment or engagement by governments and as a result we are trying to play catch-up with the criminals who take advantage of this lack of awareness amongst businesses and citizens.
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