“Cyber security will dominate 2017”. That is the warning given in a tech trend round up posted on the BBC News website this week. The article points to cyber security being “the dominant theme of 2017, as all tech innovations could be undermined by data thefts, fraud and cyber propaganda.”
The article ‘2017 tech trends‘ article warns that “the more connected the world becomes the more opportunities for hackers to break into the system and wreak havoc. Attacks will capitalise upon the growing acceptance of connected devices by exploiting vulnerabilities and unsecured systems to disrupt business processes.”
Prof Richard Benham, chairman of the National Cyber Management Centre, gives a dire warning: “A major bank will fail as a result of a cyber-attack in 2017 leading to a loss of confidence and a run on that bank.”
We’ve written a lot about the growing issue of cyber security and our concerns that not enough notice is being taken of the threat. As IT support providers we realise the importance and have made it our mission to alert, inform, educate and help businesses tackle this growing concern.
In recognition of the fact that cyber security will dominate 2017, here are some of the measures we have implemented to address the issue:
Cyber Security Awareness Week: 6-10 February 2017
Next month we’re hosting the South West’s first Cyber Security Awareness Week.
Cyber Security Awareness Week is a free, five-day programme of informative briefings, networking opportunities and advice sessions to help businesses tackle cyber crime.
The programme features a diverse range of speakers including us, Datto, ESET, Lloyds Bank, Microsoft, South West Regional Crime Unit and other local experts.
Each session will be packed full of practical advice that you can easily implement in your business as soon as you get back to the office.
Cyber Security Website
We’re in the process of launching a cyber security information website, which will provide advice and guidance on all aspects of cyber security as well as updates on the latest warnings and threats. The site is in the final stages so we’ll share the link as soon as it goes live.
Cyber Security Analyst
In 2016 we took on a full-time in-house Cyber Security Analyst, Pete Last. Pete is tasked with researching and evaluating the latest IT security products; keeping up to date with the latest threats and security trends; and responding to any client attacks. This essential role ensures we can keep ahead of the game and make sure our clients are protected as best they can be.
So given that cyber security will dominate 2017, what plans have you made in your business to counteract the threat? If you have any concerns or need practical advice regarding this threat please get in touch via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 01392 207194.
Also, don’t forget to diarise Cyber Security Awareness Week.