The Internet is the largest digital world known to mankind and no one is exactly sure what level of traffic is one search engine responsible for and how many of them, in fact, even exist. Google surely is the most popular search engine of all, with services including Internet analytics, cloud computing, advertising technologies, and Web app, browser and operating system development, but with claim that they cover “only” about 40% of seemingly vast Internet traffic, just how much of it then aren’t we even aware of?
This brings up many questions and one of them is surely Network security, since cyber crime is an issue practically everywhere online, particularly surrounding areas like hacking, copyright infringement, child pornography and other high-profile types of criminal activity. The last year was brimming with all sorts of cyber-threats and data breaches which not only affected retailers and gaming networks, but banks and governments, too. This is what prompted many organizations and associations to asses those security and risk management issues, which resulted in developing a number of trends that will dominate this year’s Internet safety measures.
If there is cybercrime, there is also a hunt for those digital criminals, activists, culprits and terrorists, who are motivated to steal money, cause all sorts of disruptions and even bring down corporations and governments via online attacks. Usually hailing form former Soviet countries, these highly skilled and equipped cybercriminals tend to collaborate amongst themselves to reach a certain degree of technical competency that can catch even the biggest organizations off guard. It is said that their activities are unpredictable, unforeseeable and enviably resilient to counter-attacks, so it’s no wonder why online security trends relentlessly strive to advance technologically in order to suppress these law-breakers.
Most countries already have, or are in the process of creating regulations that put an emphasis on conditions regarding the safeguard and use of personal data/information (PII 0 Personally Identifiable Information). These regulations also impose penalties on organizations who fail to fulfill such conditions for sufficient protection. It is said that organizations need to treat privacy as both compliance and business risk issue, thus reducing the need for sanctions, additional costs and avoiding loss of clients due to privacy breaches. The year 2015 is seeing an increase in developing plans for regulation of collected, stored and used information, along with severe penalties for loss of data and privacy breaches, especially in the EU.
Since every company and organization is connected online to some extent, those supply chains are a vital component that keeps the business operations going, thus turning the cogs of the global economy. Still, chiefs of online security are getting concerned about how exposed they are to a myriad of risk factors, due to the fact that a wide range of important, confidential and sensitive information is often shared around with suppliers, and once it’s shared, control is lost. Third-party providers are under pressure from unexpected targeted attacks and it’s highly unlikely that they can provide assurance of information safety, confidentiality, integrity and accessibility once an attack occurs. They can easily unknowingly give out vital information, like access to intellectual property, customer and/or employee information, commercial plans, negotiations, manufactures, distribution partners and channels, etc. According to network services Brisbane, it is paramount that organizations have laid out a stout, well-structured business plan in order to strengthen resilience and management’s confidence in the functions’ abilities.
Bring-your-own trend is something that no organization can avoid, simply because employees possess mobile devices, applications, cloud-based storage and access in the workplace in order to perform work tasks, thus increasing the risk of exploitation. Risks can be internal and external, but the least thing any organization can do is stay informed of recent developments, and if the risks are at acceptable bounds, than it’s imperative to establish a decent BYOx program. On the other hand, if risks are too high, it’s still unavoidable for your users to find a way to use their personal devices even if you’re against the policy. You simply cannot prevent this, you just have to adapt.
One final word of advice, the greatest asset of any organization are the people that work in it. Many companies have spent a fortune to educate and change the behavior of their employees, by providing them with vital knowledge of their responsibilities, but that is no easy task… Still, it’s all about embedding a positive security behavior, not just merely raising awareness, and transforming employees from weak links into a first line of defense. It may take some time, but it’s a crucial goal, nevertheless.