Training priorities in cyber security
With many businesses worried about the kind of cyber attacks that could come next, there is a lot of emphasis being placed on data practices, and how systems are being secured to offer them the best possible level of protection. This is important, as customer information could be at risk if security is not dealt with properly.
2018 brings brand new legislation, and thanks to the fact that threats are constantly changing, it can be difficult to know exactly where focus should be placed to get the best possible effect. Issues raised in 2017 showed us that it isn’t enough to simply invest in more than one technology, and it is important to place focus on cyber security training to improve security. It is important that cyber staff have the education related to legislation on data privacy, to help them make sure that nothing is vulnerable and at risk of falling into the wrong hands.
Employees need to be trained to be both offensive and defensive when it comes to cyber strategy, and this means that they see threats and deal with them before they cause any real damage. Fake news is also an issue that shouldn’t be underestimated, and these priorities will help cyber teams to stay on top of their security issues.
There is no doubt that privacy will become an even more pressing issue in 2018, with customer information needed to be protected more diligently than ever before. The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation will be enforced from May 25th, meaning that it is even more vital that protection is as tight as possible. The main issue for teams dealing with data in this respect is understanding exactly the kind of data that is being stored, and who has access to that data in the place that it is stored.
It is likely that changes in procedure will be required for companies to get in line with new policy. This will include incident reporting, and many employees will need to undergo intensive training to ensure that they are able to deal with all of the new processes that will need to be followed. It is likely that small group training classes will be the most effective option, to ensure that the cyber teams in each individual business have the information and skills needed to be able to deal with anything that could be a potential issue in the future. This will help them to understand the best way to deal with any kind of threat as and when it occurs.
Another key point of education will be the ability to monitor traffic for users of the company network. Not only is monitoring important at this point, but it is also vital that the team can tell if any traffic is suspicious, and whether there are any signs of attack. Such signs could include a heavier amount of outgoing traffic than usual, or unwanted popups on the system. Knowing these signs allows teams to react quickly and appropriately, in order to deal with threats when needed.
GDPR will no doubt bring a lot of change to the industry, but the main issue is going to be cyber teams having the knowledge of exactly what information is being stored on the system, and how to keep an eye on who has access to it.