Just how serious is the threat of cyber-attack to the UK? Are our government and industrial secrets being targeted globally by cyber criminals? Most people have been lulled into something of a false sense of security. They are aware of the fact that governments and businesses take great care to protect their valuable assets and information, using intrusion protection and advanced penetration testing to filter out the threats, and that by and large such practices have managed to keep a lid on the problem.
It’s a well-known fact that small businesses are more susceptible to cyber-crime than many of their larger counterparts. A lack of funding and resources means that few small to medium-sized businesses can afford to pay for vulnerability assessments or penetration testing of their network security. But just how much money is this failure to protect online networks costing small businesses? Well, according to Federation of Small Businesses it’s something in the region of £785 million every year. That staggering figure is the price SMEs pay when they fall victim to fraud and malware.
Whether you’re an end user or an IT administrator, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is becoming a reality in many workplaces these days. Advances in technology have now made this possible. There’s no doubting that BOYD can deliver rewards and have positive impacts on productivity. However, these rewards can also involve risk. Although BYOD may be convenient for your employees, businesses will also need to consider its potential impact on corporate security models and data.