By Andrew Potgieter, security solutions director at Westcon Southern Africa
As the end of year approaches, it’s vital that you take into account what businesses have learnt about security in the last year. This means taking a look at the threats businesses faced in 2015, the predicted threats of the coming year and evaluating the security of your own business from a physical and network perspective. Now is the time to look for – and fix - any holes in your security so that your business can go into 2016 stronger than ever. It is here that I would like to share with you some of the things I have learnt about security this year.
Stop being scared of the cloud
Like any other type of security within the business, the security of the cloud depends on you and the decisions you make regarding which cloud model and provider you use. Some clouds may not be secure and it’s your responsibility to check with your cloud provider, but generally anyone who is putting together a cloud-based data centre is ensuring that they have the security solutions in place to ensure your data is encrypted and secure.
Companies make use of a defence-in-depth approach to provide physical, logical and data layers of security features and operational best practices. There’s also no doubt that cloud is being adopted at a rapid rate locally, so the sooner you get over your fear of cloud security, the sooner you’ll be able to leverage it to innovate.
Hacking can be useful
Not all hacking has malicious intent or outcomes. White hat hackers are ethical computer hackers or security experts who specialise in penetration testing to make sure a system is truly secure. Hiring an ethical hacker will highlight any vulnerabilities in business security that have been overlooked and give you a chance to rectify these before a black hat hacker violates your business security for a malicious reason. This is a great way to check existing systems or one that you are launching as well as a way to give yourself and your colleagues’ peace of mind.
The next years’ attacks will be personal
If we learnt anything from examples like the Sony and Ashley Madison hacks of 2015 it’s that money is not the only thing cybercriminals are after anymore. The next year will no doubt see more examples of vigilante hackers taking sensitive data hostage for personal reasons or gains. So it is imperative that you keep you sensitive company data and the data of customers protected through any means possible.
If it’s connected you’d better secure it
The Internet of Things (IoT) has brought about convenience and innovation but what people don’t realise about their connected cars, toasters, watches and fridges is that any device that is connected to the Internet is also a security threat. Therefore, any connected device needs to be treated the same way you would treat a PC or a mobile phone when it comes to security. As people and businesses continue to beef up the security on personal computers, laptops and cellphones, cybercriminals will start looking for other avenues they can utilise, and connected devices will be on that list.
Don’t forget about the physical
It may sound obvious, but amidst all the shouting about network and virtual security, it is important to check up on your physical security and ensure that it is still as strong as it can be. There are plenty of robust and innovative physical security solutions available on the market, so there is no reason why you can’t take every security measure you need to.
Your success depends on your business’s security, so you’d better ensure that you aren’t going into 2016 blind.
In other news:
Physical Security Solutions
Pelco capture People’s Choice Award at ASIS 2015
Sony reached settlement over 2014 security breach
Sony $8m breach settlement underlines need to secure personal data
Vivotek to unveil vertical surveillance solutions at SICUREZZA 2015
Data Security Solutions
Why not hire an ethical hacker?
Kaspersky Lab to speak about enterprise security measures at Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit
Kaspersky Lab infographic: Don’t let cybercriminals hit a homerun this World Series
Blue Coat report calls for caution against mobile attacks
Palo Alto CEO: Insurance not the answer to cybersecurity