Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The smell of cyber threats

The smell of cyber threats|El olor de las ciberamenazas

Margaret Thatcher once said, “I seem to smell the stench of appeasement in the air”. We live and do business in a world of constant change. In the computing and security environment, change turns to be a whirlwind that destroys anything which does not adapt to these changing times.

What would the Iron Lady say if she knew that 8 out of 10 companies are satisfied with their current security systems? Only 13% of them have made drastic changes in their security approach ove the last 2 years.

Every high level executive should know that there are many different threats in such an interconnected world. Particularly we are concerned about those that may affect the Industrial Control Systems (ICS). These structures which have traditionally been out of the IT world, have ended up integrating the Corporate Information Systems and therefore being exposed to risks that were not there before. Is the industry aware of these dangers.

In this regard, the National Institute of Communication Technologies (INTECO) smells danger so it has released a Guide on Critical Infrastructure Protection that describes a set of procedures and tools that are essential for their safety.

The smell of threats to national security and information systems of Spain have led the Spanish Army to hire civilian hackers to collaborate with the work of cyber defense.

If we turn our noses to the smallest companies, SMEs, the situation becomes even more dangerous. They are more accessible targets for cybercriminals because they do not have the knowledge or resources to protect themselves. To help them in this task, the security firm Check Point has launched a Decalogue of security measures.

And what about the ordinary citizen? Are they sufficiently informed? From CIGTR we try to do our bit, but it seems that many more efforts are needed. Three quarters of Europeans fear cybercrime, but more than a half of them believe they are not sufficiently informed about its dangers and how to protect themselves from it, according to Eurobarometer of May and June.


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