The results of the recent Financial Times/ICSA Boardroom Bellwether survey highlight a worrying trend in how corporations are tackling evolving security threats, in particular those in the cyber area.
Just 21% of the companies surveyed had assessed their vulnerability to cyber-attack and put necessary provisions in place. The survey begs the question that if a business doesn’t have the infrastructure in place to combat external threats, is it in a position to ensure the security and strength of its corporate digital infrastructure? Managing corporate cyber-security is more than just responding to external hacking attacks.
With every corporate device acting as a potential gateway into a business’ infrastructure, cyber security provisions must extend beyond the firewall. If an employee is using their own device and it happens to contain malware or unauthorised applications, then this can represent a security vulnerability. The kind of external hacking attacks that the survey discusses are only one of the ways that third parties can gain illegal access to sensitive data. Given that a work-enabled smartphone or tablet has access to as much sensitive data as a desktop PC, a compromised portable device could pose as much of a threat as a successful hacking attack.