30 September 2018 at 5:25 pm Written by

News feeds have been alight over the weekend with users in shock that Facebook has been subject of a cyber attack. Wasn’t this just a matter of time? Apparently in excess of 50m accounts have been affected. Factor in the impact of single sign ins with FB credentials and we really are at the tip of a rather large iceberg.

So, is cyber security a fallacy? Or is it just an ideal? Security has many definitions, including “the state of being free from danger or threat”. Well that one doesn’t work in terms of cyber does it? The threat of cyber attack is constant, as an individual, small business owner, an employee or as a CEO of a corporation. The reality is that it’s a case of when not if and the impact can be devastating.

We need to stop thinking that if we install anti-virus, malware and have someone in the I.T department with a fancy title that we are secure. For me it’s the equivalent of a dog handler patrolling alone across a major city. It’s time to accept that cyber attacks are here to stay.

Risk is everywhere, but it can be managed and the threat lowered. In the context of cyber for business think training, plans, policies and your people as a start. Technology solutions are just a small part of the picture. I’ve developed a cyber risk analysis tool and have a couple of volunteer businesses who are having a test drive. I’ll keep you posted, stay safe out there!

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