Cybersecurity Literacy a Growing Desire for Businesses
Cybersecurity is a major concern for private companies and public organizations, from small businesses and city halls to international enterprises and agencies of the federal government. One method of improving cybersecurity that's gaining popularity among some businesses aims to increase awareness of such attacks at the highest levels of an organization. While not an active defense measure in and of itself, bringing cybersecurity experts into the boardroom provides many benefits in terms of organizational knowledge, response planning and other areas.
Businesses must remain informed and use the right solutions to protect against cyberattacks.
A changing landscape
The Los Angeles Times recently took a look at this growing trend and noted it may have its roots in the increasing number of attacks suffered by both public and private organizations. Using the most recent available data from PricewaterhouseCoopers, The Times highlighted drastic jumps in attacks on midsized and large businesses. Medium-size companies saw total documented attacks go from 2,581 in 2013 to 4,277 in 2014, while breaches and attempts targeted at large organizations rose from 9,155 to 13,138 in the same time period. The growth in the sheer number of cyberattacks is one source of motivation for increased knowledge in the corporate boardroom, and among other businesses using less-traditional executive management structures as well.
The issues with promoting cyber defense inside of businesses will only become more pressing as the number of attacks increase. Even smaller businesses could see more attempted attacks. While the data doesn't bear out an increase from 2013 to 2014 - in fact, the total number of recorded breaches and attempts was slightly lower in 2014 - that may not be the case in the future. As technology continues to improve, prices for hardware and software fall and other actions of the market and developments in computer coding and science make certain hacking approaches more cost-effective, small organizations may experience more problems as well.
"Companies must consider how staff members and executives remain informed of the changing nature of attacks."
More complete approaches
The cybersecurity trains of thought for business leaders may reach an end once they brief staff members on appropriate and safe operating procedures and confirm technological safeguards are in place. While these are absolutely necessary and major components of a cyber defense plan, they aren't the end-all, be-all of such efforts. Companies should also consider how staff members and executives alike remain informed of the changing nature of attacks and are otherwise plugged into the cybersecurity community. This approach is evident in the actions of the U.S. military, which has a highly ranked cybersecurity system that's based on a years-old system. As Forbes said, the development of relevant intelligence and an attitude that the job is never truly done has helped the military reduce the number of successful attacks and generally serve as a positive example of cybersecurity efforts.
While very few if any businesses have the combined resources of the U.S. armed forces, the attitude displayed in that organization's efforts can be a source of inspiration. With the right frame of mind, the solution your business uses to prevent unauthorized entry into sensitive databases and other digital assets becomes even more effective.
Balancing the essentials
The right approach to cybersecurity at the highest levels of a company is essential for protecting sensitive information, but it won't keep hackers away by itself. Businesses also need to have the right software in place to actively protect their interests from would-be cybercriminals. NC4 Mission Center provides a solution geared toward modern organizations with geographically and technologically dispersed operations. Paired with the right approach from business leaders, its effectiveness is even more impressive.
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