By Tony Glass
As part of an EU campaign designed to promote IT security through education, sharing of good practices and increasing individual and as organizational awareness of cyber security, October is European Cyber Security Month.
The campaign is built around the message STOP.THINK.CONNECT and aims to:
- increase national media interest in cyber security throughout Europe and the world
- generate specific awareness on network and information security (NCIS)
- align with the “Open, Safe and Secure Cyberspace” EU strategy
Throughout the month a number of activities are organised and held throughout Europe. For information about these, visit the European Cyber Security Month website.
This attention to what is unreservedly a growing concern is most welcome. A recent UK study by Beaming, a leading ISP provider, highlights just how prevalent the problem is: in the UK alone there have been over 2,333,158 attacks just this year, with businesses who fall victim to an attack reporting an average cost of £16,264.
The UK government’s own research also reveals some startling trends. Nearly 7 out of 10 attacks involved viruses, spyware or malware, and although the plan is to invest a record £1.9 billion over the next 5 years to protect UK interests, the government firmly believe business must act to protect themselves. Part of the problem is that despite the fact that 1 in 4 large firms experience a breach at least once a month, only half have taken any steps to address or identify weak spots.
The study also revealed the scary fact that only one third of the UK’s top 350 businesses fully comprehend this threat, with a mere fifth clearly understanding the dangers of sharing information with third parties. Thankfully, the news is beginning to sink in and some businesses now appear to be setting out their approach to cyber security in their annual reports.
We at Skillsoft are well aware of the danger, and committed to providing our clients with the skills and the training needed to ensure they can take all appropriate steps to protect their businesses. We recently worked with BAE Systems: as a provider of some of the world’s most advanced, technology-led defence aerospace and security resolutions, BAE already employs cutting edge detection and prevention measures. Wanting to do even more, they turned to Skillsoft to design training that would help further optimise employee awareness about cyber security, and specifically ensure their diverse global diverse workforce knew how to spot and combat the latest cyber threats. The training was a huge success with an immediate outcome of employees reporting over 90,000 security incidents within the first 12 months.
Our Cyber Security Collection offers a vast array of learning options with instant access to hundreds of assets across a wide choice of modalities (videos, courses, books, assessments, mentoring, etc.). These can support cyber security professionals’ continuous learning needs, from solving an immediate technical problem to building a well-rounded set of skills and preparing for certification exams.
Tony Glass is General Manager for Skillsoft EMEA.