British businesses should drastically up their game when it comes to being prepared and able to effectively deal with cyberattacks, according to Cyber Security Connect UK (CSC UK), the industry forum for cybersecurity professionals.
The call to action comes during European Cyber Security Month, the EU’s annual awareness campaign that takes place each October across Europe and aims to raise awareness of cybersecurity threats, promote cybersecurity among citizens and organisations; and provide resources to educate and share good practices.
Identifying cybersecurity breaches or attacks
According to the Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2019, more than a third of UK businesses identified cybersecurity breaches or attacks in the last 12 months. Despite this, only 33% admitted having cyber security policies in place. With this in mind, CSC UK is calling for business leaders across Britain to arm themselves with the knowledge and tools required to protect the companies they represent and make adequate plans should the worst happen.
Martin Smith MBE, Cyber Security Connect UK Conference Chair and Chairman of the Security Awareness Special Interest Group (SASIG), said: “We have a duty as cybersecurity professionals to set the highest standards and be prepared to tackle cyberattacks. On top of this we must continue to push for a greater sharing of knowledge, benchmarking of best practice and ongoing learning so we can remain in the best position possible when it comes to staying ahead of cyber criminals.”
Cyber incident management
Aurore Domange, event director for Cyber Security Connect UK 2019, added: “European Cyber Security Month is the ideal time to raise awareness of the issues affecting our cyber resilience and educate businesses on how they can mobilise themselves against these challenges to best protect their company, its employees, partners and customers.”
Cyber Security Connect UK, the conference and industry forum for UK CISOs, takes place from 13-15 November, it will bring together more than 300 top-level cyber security professionals to debate strategic cyber security issues including; cyber resilience, identifying cyber criminals, securing the supply chain and cyber incident management.