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.
The cybersecurity industry is being called upon to improve awareness and understanding of mental health by Cyber Security Connect UK (CSCUK), the industry forum for cybersecurity professionals, as part of World Mental Health Day on Thursday 10 October. One in four people in the UK will have a mental health problem at some point and anxiety and depression are the most common mental health problems. They are often a reaction to a difficult life event, such as bereavement, but can also be caused by work-related issues. Greater understanding of mental health Cybersecurity specialists often experience periods of intense pressure when dealing with cyberattacks" Recent surveys suggest that three out of every five employees are experiencing mental health issues because of work. Martin Smith, Cyber Security Connect UK Conference Chair and Chairman and founder of The Security Company and SASIG, said: “Cybersecurity specialists often experience periods of intense pressure when dealing with cyberattacks.” “Employers should have greater understanding of mental health and take steps to eradicate the stigma associated with it. It is so important that CISOs (chief information security officers) recognise the dangers to their own wellbeing and develop strategies to maintain a healthy work/life balance, for themselves and the teams they lead.” Top-level cyber security professionals Wellbeing and mental health will feature at Cyber Security Connect UK (CSCUK), the conference and industry forum for CISOs, which takes place from 13-15 November and will be held in Monaco. More than 300 top-level cyber security professionals are expected to attend the second edition of CSCUK. It is organised by the same team that produces the Les Assises de la Sécurité conference and offers a unique opportunity for delegates who participate in an insightful programme, with expert roundtables and partner workshops.
UK businesses remain underprepared for cyber incidents says Cyber Security Connect UK, global conference and industry forum for CISOs. According to the government’s Cyber Breaches Survey 2019, 32% of businesses that experienced an attack in the past 12 months needed new measures to prevent further attacks and only 31% of businesses surveyed had carried out a cyber-risk assessment in the past 12 months. With the risk of cyber-attacks heightened and the cost of cyber incidents rising, the stakes have never been higher for British business, says CSCUK. Cyber-risk assessment Research shows that in the first half of 2019 cyber-attacks on British businesses were up by 45% on last year" Michele Hanson, global CISO at Micro Focus and CSCUK steering committee member said: “Research shows that in the first half of 2019 cyber-attacks on British businesses were up by 45% on last year. With this in mind, it is not ridiculous to assume that an attack will likely happen to your business in the near future. Despite this fact, surveys also consistently show that companies feel underprepared or not prepared for cyber security breaches." He adds, “There are many reasons why this is the case for businesses, including complex IT infrastructures and a lack of planning perhaps but the reasons to rectify these issues are much more prolific. Reputation, customer confidence and therefore customer loyalty could all be effected by a breach so being prepared is vital.” Countering cyber security breaches Martin Smith, Cyber Security Connect UK Conference Chair, added, “The excuses for being underprepared for cyber incidents are running out. Having the basic defences in place, as well as a clear idea of how your processes are tested and how you would act should an incident occur is within everyone’s grasp, with the right information and support and this is out there.” Martin add,” We would urge British businesses to start acting now and to put incident response at the core of any plans made. Waiting too long and paying the consequences for doing so could be devastating.” Cyber Security Connect UK 2019 Best practice in regard to cyber incident management will be a key area of discussion during Cyber Security Connect UK 2019. CSCUK takes place in Monaco from 13-15 November and brings together more than 300 top-level cyber security professionals. It is organised by the same team that produces the renowned Les Assises de la Sécurité 2019 (The Assises of Security 2019) conference and offers a unique opportunity for delegates who participate in an insightful programme, with expert roundtables and partner workshops.
CSCUK - Cyber Security Connect UK – renowned forum for Chief Information Security Officers (CISO), has called for the cyber security community to respond to the UK Government policy paper published on 11 September 2019 about post-Brexit cyber security. Cyber security certification The British Government has asked for the cyber security industry in the UK to provide views and opinions about the proposed approach to cyber security certification following the UK’s departure from the EU. The British Government has asked for the cyber security industry in the UK to provide views and opinions Martin Smith, Cyber Security Connect UK Conference, The Security Company and SASIG Chairman and Founder, has called on the cyber security community in the United Kingdom to use this opportunity to reinforce the importance of ensuring that the highest standards are retained by the UK once it departs the European Union. Maintaining the high standards of cyber security Mr Smith stated, “As the data economy and IOT (Internet of Things) continues to thrive, we must ensure that the general public have trust in the products, services and processes that businesses and government agencies provide. It is paramount that the level of cyber security remains robust enough to ensure that our digital economy continues to function safely and securely. I would encourage all cyber security professionals to bring the key issues to the attention of the UK Government.” The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is asking for responses to be submitted by the 8th October 2019.
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