Advertise with MyTradeTV! Promote your content! Please contact us on 01924 918171

mytradelogo

Online protection and cyber crime (guest blog post)

Brief Personal Statement

 

Gavin E L Hall (www.gavinelhall.com) recently completed an MA in Terrorism, International Crime & Global Security with a specialisation on Cyber Security and wrote a dissertation entitled “Does the United Kingdom’s Cyber Security Strategy Represent a Missed Opportunity?” (http://gavinelhall.com/Documents/UKCSS.pdf) and is seeking to develop conceptual understandings of the cyber-environment as a PhD candidate. He operates as a consultant on a range of Security Issues and offers bespoke analysis of corporate information risk management and security (http://gavinelhall.com/2.html).

 

In 2011 the UK launched a Cyber Security Strategy with four core objectives. A detailed analysis of the arguments about how effective this has been can be found in my dissertation. My aim for this article is to translate the analysis into enhancing corporate understanding that will have relevance for business of all sizes in dealing with what is commonly termed the “Cyber-Threat”.

 

The threat to business is actually twofold. Firstly, their is a threat that originates from information management and, secondly, from crime that has some basis within the cyber-environment. I specifically don’t use the phrase Cyber-Crime as at the moment it has no actual meaning, as what does, or doesn’t, constitute has not been defined and the process is wholly subjective. For example, in the article Defeating the Cyber Criminal (http://www.mytrade.tv/2014/02/14/defeating-cyber-criminal/) the use of CryptoLocker is highlighted. Is this extortion or is this a cyber-crime?

 

Cyber-security has traditionally utilised the Information technology CIA (Confidentiality, Integrity, Availability) model for identifying cyber-threats and developing strategies for business to secure its hardware and data. Confidentiality is concerned with preventing the disclosure of information to unauthorised individuals or systems. Integrity concerns the actual data that a company holds on its databases or transmits maintaining its accuracy and consistency. Availability means that the system, or information, is available when needed. An intrusion, such as CryptoLocker, makes use of one of these threat vectors to target a weakness in a system. In the case of CryptoLocker then it should be apparent that this is a threat to availability as if no action is taken the after x amount of time then information relevant to the business to continue operating is not available.

 

This is the traditional debate that is put forward and the one that most people will be familiar with. If you are a manager, some-one with budget responsibility or a CEO then you are probably familiar with these arguments for funding from your IT departments and also nervous about the emptying of the company bank balance to pay for the latest superb-solution that will prevent these threats from reaching your company.

 

There is a cheaper and much more effective option. One that the UK government put into the Cyber Security Strategy as Objective #4 “The UK to have the cross-cutting knowledge, skills and capabilities to underpin all our cyber security objectives”. In short improve education in relation to threats from the cyber-environment.

 

For a business of any size this can be conceptualised as The Human Firewall.

 

The Human Firewall clearly identifies that ultimately we as humans are the first and last line of defence in protecting company systems and information. I would advise people to look at the yearly Verizon Data Breach Reports (http://www.verizonenterprise.com/resources/reports/rp_data-breach-investigations-report-2012-ebk_en_xg.pdf) Executive Summaries the supply easy to understand figures that continually emphasis that over 80% of all cyber-intrusions globally could be prevented by good computer hygiene and minimal spending.

 

In practice this means that as a business you should ensure:

–    The latest software updates for your system are installed and regularly checked to see that are installed on all computers. In your organisation who has responsibility for this? Is it the IT department, the individual, or do you sub-contract to a 3rd party (If so how to you monitor that they are doing what they say?)

–    Do not open emails with spurious attachments, especially files that end in .exe and .zip with caution also for opening .pdf files.

 

Notice that the above two statements have a negligible actual cost but ensuring their proper implementation will negate almost all cyber-intrusion in your business. At the start of this article I highlighted a twofold threat. So far we have largely focused on the second element of the threat. It is now time to consider information management.

 

In the light of realising that we as humans are the most important element in ensuring the Cyber-security of our business the concept of The Human Firewall can be taken a stage further as we consider how information is managed. There are two strands to this as the threat is both internal and external so it is important to consider what an outsider could have access to but what information is available to employees.

 

I would strongly urge all decision-makers to familiarise themselves with the structure that their business utilises for managing information as opposed to just leaving it the IT department as in the words of a recent House of Commons Select Committee on E-Crime,

 

“The only sure way to protect your data [information] is not to collect [store] it in the first place”

 

Comments

  1. insecticide permethrin side effects in cats kaddfkegcbkd

  2. He refused to go into the media center before a PGA Tour event if he was not the defending champion. In Theatre, I definitely had fun in the process of getting the degree (I’ll spare you the debauchery of cast parties). Mall officials won’t name them, but say three are new to the Twin Cities market.
    cheap toms shoes,cheap toms,cheap toms shoe,discount toms shoes,discount toms,toms shoes,buy toms,toms shoes for sale,cheap toms shoes for sale,toms shoes outlet,toms shoes for sale,toms shoes,toms shoes outlet,toms shoes for sale,toms shoes cheap,toms shoes online,toms shoes for sale,cheap toms shoes for sale,toms shoes for cheap,pre order toms shoes,pre order cheap toms shoes,cheap toms shoes,buy cheap toms shoes,authentic toms shoes,authentic cheap toms shoes,buy toms shoes,buy cheap toms shoes,order toms shoes,order cheap toms shoes,toms shoes online,buy toms shoes online,toms shoes 2015,cheap toms shoes 2015 http://www.actionwildlife.org/news/buycheaptomsshoes/index.html

Leave A Comment

eleven + 9 =

  • Access Control
  • Advice
  • Advice & Tips
  • Air Conditioning
  • ALEX Expo
  • Aluminium
  • Aluminium Windows
  • Appointments
  • Appointments
  • Appointments
  • Architects & Specifiers
  • Architecture
  • Associations & Regulators
  • Auto Locksmith
  • Auto Locksmith Tools
  • Auto Locksmith Tools
  • Auto Locksmith Training
  • Awards
  • Awards
  • Awards
  • Blinds
  • Blinds
  • Boilers (Service & Repair)
  • Building
  • Carousel 1 Category
  • Case Studies
  • Casement Windows
  • CCTV
  • CE Marking
  • Certification
  • Charity
  • Colour Coating
  • Colour Coating & Foiling
  • Competitions
  • Composite Doors
  • Conservatories
  • Conservatories & Orangeries
  • Conservatory Roofs
  • Construction Consumer Advice
  • Consumables
  • Consumer News Glazing
  • Cylinders
  • Decorative Glass
  • Decorative Glass
  • Demolition
  • DGCOS News
  • Diagnostics
  • Digital locks
  • Door Hardware
  • Door Hardware
  • Doors
  • Drainage
  • Editor's Corner
  • Energy Efficient Windows
  • Energy Saving
  • Events-Exhibitions & Associations
  • Exhibitions
  • Exhibitions & Associations
  • Fabricators
  • Featured
  • Fensa News
  • Fensterbau 2014
  • Fire Proof Glass
  • FIT Show 2016
  • Foiling
  • Folding/Sliding Doors
  • Furniture
  • G13 Awards
  • G14 Awards
  • Gas
  • Genaeral
  • General
  • General
  • General Locksmith Tools
  • General News
  • General News
  • General news
  • General news
  • GGF
  • GGF News
  • Glass
  • Glazing
  • glazing
  • Glazing Consumer Advice
  • GQA Qualifications
  • Green Deal
  • Guest Blogs
  • Hardware
  • Hardware
  • Hardware
  • Health & Safety
  • Health & Safety
  • Health & Safety
  • Health & Safety
  • Health & Safety
  • Heating Spares & Controls
  • Helen Duval
  • Home Improvement
  • IGU Manufacturing
  • Installers
  • Insulation
  • Interactive magazines
  • Interactive magazines
  • Interactive Magazines
  • Interactive News/Mags
  • Key Cutting
  • Key Cutting Machinery
  • Key Cutting Machines
  • Keys/Fobs & programming
  • Kitchens & Bathrooms
  • Lead Generation
  • Lock Cases
  • Lock Expo 2015
  • Lock Expo 2015
  • Lock Safes
  • Locksmith
  • Locksmith Consumer Advice
  • Locksmith Profiles
  • Locksmith Tools
  • Machinery
  • Marketing
  • Marketing – Installers
  • Marketing – Manufacturing
  • Mechanical Access
  • MLA Expo 2015
  • MLA Expo 2015
  • Mortice
  • MyTradeTV Blogs
  • Newsletter Left
  • Newsletter Right
  • Newsletters
  • NFA Awards
  • NFA Awards 2014
  • NFA Awards 2015
  • Online Ordering
  • Online ordering
  • Orangeries
  • Padlock
  • Panel
  • PHEX – Alexandra Palace
  • PIGS
  • Piping
  • Plumbing
  • Plumbing & Heating
  • Podcasts
  • Profiles
  • Pumps & Filters
  • PVCu
  • Safes
  • Safety Glass
  • Sash Windows
  • Solar
  • Solar Controlled Glass
  • Sound Reduction Glass
  • spacer/warmedge
  • Spares & Repairs
  • Spares & Repairs
  • Speciality Glass
  • Sustainable Building
  • Talking Points
  • Team Blogs
  • Testing
  • TGQ
  • The Fit Show 2014
  • Timber
  • Timber Windows
  • Tools
  • Tools
  • Tools & Power Tools
  • Tools & Power Tools
  • Tools & Power Tools
  • Toughened Glass
  • Trade Association News
  • Trade Associations
  • Trade Counters
  • Trade Info
  • Training Centres
  • Transport
  • Transport
  • Transport
  • Transport
  • Triple Glazing News
  • UAP/Tradelocks
  • UAP/Tradelocks.
  • UK Construction Week
  • Uncategorized
  • UPVC Windows
  • Van Security
  • Van Security
  • Ventilation
  • Video News
  • Videos
  • Water Treatment/Waste Management
  • Web Design
  • Web Design & SEO
  • Web Design & SEO
  • Window Hardware
  • Window Hardware
  • Windows
  • Channel Selector
    Your default channel is: Glazing
    Tune in to Other Channels:
    Glazing
    Locksmith
    Plumbing & Heating
    Kitchens & Bathrooms