CT Awareness Week 2015 - Industry Preparedness

25th November 2015

Wednesday sees the focus of CT Awareness Week 2015 shift to businesses and industry, and what they can do to make themselves more resistant to the online threat.

Recent attacks, which you may have seen in the media, illustrate how there is still work to be done in the battle to protect businesses and industry from online attacks.

Developments in technology such as new mobile devices, cloud computing and new software applications mean that the threat from online crime is ever evolving. Businesses and industry must take steps to protect themselves and stay safe online.

DI Danny Lawrence will be taking part in a web-chat today to help industry and businesses prepare for the threat from online extremism. The web-chat will take place from 11.30am at @Policechiefs or https://twitter.com/PoliceChiefs #CounterTerrorismUK

DI Lawrence, a police expert on Internet security said:

Recent incidents in the media remind us of the online threat faced by industry and its impact on businesses and the community.

Now is the time for businesses of all sizes to review the security measures they have in place to protect themselves from threats online. By taking a few simple steps and keeping up to date with the latest issues, businesses can make a real difference and reduce the chances of an online security breach.

I would encourage all areas of business and industry to join our web-chat today so that we can discuss the latest concerns and issues that will help to improve this issue for everyone. By working together and helping each other, businesses can develop and make use of the most effective measures to increase their online security.”

What is the threat?

The introduction of technologies such as mobile devices, cloud computing and rapid availability of software applications means that there is no longer one term to define an online security threat.

The terms below refer to types of online threats, open the link to find examples of real life cases, which will explain their meanings.

Spear Phishing

Known Vulnerability Exploitation

Application Layer Attack

Bruteforce Attack

Zero Day Exploitation

Watering Hole Attack

Phishing for Credentials

DDoS Attack

Phishing with Malware

Rogue Update Attack

Network Protocol Attack

A number of government backed schemes help organisations protect themselves against these attacks.

Cyber Essentials is backed by industry including the Federation of Small Businesses and a number of insurance organisations that offer incentives for businesses participating in the scheme.

Businesses with good cyber security practices can use their participation in the scheme to show they take online security seriously.

The UK Government has developed the ‘10 Steps to Cyber Security’ to help businesses protect themselves online.

The image below summarises the steps:

The Information Security Breaches Survey 2014, commissioned by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and carried out by PwC, found that 81% of large organisations suffered a security breach, down from 86% a year ago. 60% of small businesses reported a breach, down from 64% in 2013.

The Open University runs a free online course to help people understand online security and protect their digital life, whether at home or work.

Open University Online Security Course

We would like to remind all partners that specific security guidance can be found on the Police Scotland website and we would advocate that people remain alert and vigilant and “If you suspect it, report it” by contacting Police Scotland directly by calling 101, in an emergency dial 999 or 0800 789 321 (Anti Terrorist Hotline).

Visit the NaCTSO website today and every day this week for information about how to stay safe online and how to be vigilant against the threat from terrorism. www.gov.uk/nactso.

Tomorrow we will be looking at the threat from extremism online and the dangers vulnerable people face. We will look at a Scottish case study and signposting points of reference for further information.

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