October is European Cyber Security Month. This is the EU’s annual awareness campaign that takes place each October across Europe. The aim is to raise awareness of cybersecurity threats, promote cybersecurity among citizens and organisations; and provide resources for online protection, through education and sharing of good practice.
Every single day the cyber security landscape becomes more complicated. Criminals are continually inventing new ways to carry out cyber-attacks. A Freedom of Information request by insurance broker Gallagher, recently revealed that UK councils were fending off an average of 800 cyber attacks per hour.
Organisations that do not take appropriate action are at grave risk of business disruption, reputational damage and regulatory action. In July we saw the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) signal its intention to use its powers to issue Monetary Penalty Notices (fines) under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Two Notices of Intent were issued against British Airways and Marriot International respectively. Both relate to cyber security incidents but for different reasons and amounts. (More here.)
Cyber security needs to become a top priority for organisations and individuals. Training and awareness is crucial. The National Cyber Security Centre publishes a regular report on cyber incident trends in the UK with guidance on how to defend against and recover from them. Act Now is running a series of Cyber Security workshops led by cyber expert, Steven Cockcroft. The first one was in London last week and attracted delegates from both the public and private sectors. Habib Khatib, Head of Operations at Talk Direct Talk Direct (Leeds) Ltd, said:
“This was an excellent workshop which really opened my eyes to the threats that organisations face from cyber criminals. Steve’s expert knowledge will help me to implement a cyber action plan within my company.”
To celebrate Cyber Security month, all new delegates booking on a Cyber Security workshop will received a discount of 10% if they quote the reference “OCTOBER10%”. This offer applies until 11.59pm on 31st October 2019. A day to remember for more than one reason!